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The Biological Stain Commission

The Biological Stain Commission (BSC) is the agency primarily responsible for ensuring the quality of biological stains through independent analysis of dyes submitted by vendors and/or manufacturers to determine content and composition. Upon completion of analysis, the BSC provides certification and labels for dye bottles/containers to assure the purchaser and user that the material is certified.
In addition to quality and certification measures, the BSC also:
  • Promotes cooperation and dialogue among manufacturers, vendors and users of dyes for histochemical applications
  • Educates users of biological stains about sources of reliable dyes and how they might best be used.
  • Publishes information concerning new or improved uses for biological staining with dyes and related histochemical techniques.
Reference: The Biological Stain Commission. Available at : www.biologicalstaincommission.org/. Accessed March 26, 2018.