What is the Biological Stain Commission and How does it Function?

The objectives of the Biological Stain Commission are:

1) To ensure uninterrupted supply of dyes used in biological and medical applications.

2) To promote cooperation and dialogue among manufacturers, vendors and users of dyes for histochemical applications.

3) To ensure the quality of dyes through independent testing according to appropriately rigorous chemical and performance criteria.

4) To educate users of biological stains about sources of reliable dyes and how they might best be used.

5) To publish information concerning new or improved uses for biological dyes and related histochemical techniques.

These objectives are met by:

1) Traceable Certification of quality materials by:

a.) Analysis in the Commission’s assay laboratory for performance and composition of samples submitted by dye manufacturers and vendors.

b.) Testing performance of dye samples in standardized procedures known to discern staining quality of the dye.

c.) Proper documentation of Certified dyes with BSC Certificates; containing the proper BSC Certification code, specific lot number of material, and company information for the owner of the material.

d.) Issuing BSC Certification labels for bottles/containers used by companies to market Certified dyes.  These labels, in conjunction with the company label, assure any purchaser the materials are Certified by the Biological Stain Commission.

2) Conducting and supporting research on biological dyes and histochemical techniques requiring them.

3) Publishing books concerning biological dyes and histochemical techniques, and Biotechnic & Histochemistry, a journal of microtechnique and histochemistry,

4) Maintaining an active dialogue among scientists, manufacturers and vendors concerned with biological stains.