September, 2020
User conditions & Disclaimer

 General Remarks

The services of the Central Cell Sort Facility are made available to all members of the CMMC, the Uniklinik Köln, the Universität zu Köln and external users form other universities.

Service will be charged to the user on the basis of instrumentation run time and the type of instrument used. Costs for instrument runs, maintenance and consumables to operate the instruments are covered by the charge. Experiment associated costs, in particular antibodies and staining reagents, are not included and must be delivered by the user.

Charges are listed in Table 1. The invoices are set up by the Drittmittel-Abteilung and send out on a quarterly basis.

To minimize the costs of Service users are advised to roughly calculate the costs according to the charges and anticipated instrument running times. In any question please contact the Facility staff in advance.

Cancellation of fixed dates by the user should be done at least 24 hrs in advance. "No show" charged by 1 hr instrumentation run.

First visit to discuss cell analysis or cell sort procedures are free of charge. Users are strongly recommended to use the "first visit" service in order to design an optimized protocol and to plan the experiment appropriately.

Only the Operator of the Central Cell Sort Facility is allowed to run the instruments. The usage of instruments beyond regular hours are possible upon agreement with the Operator.

 Data Safety

Data storage is in the obligation of the user. It is strongly recommended that data are stored on the user's CD/DVD after each run. The Facility is not responsible for loss of data.

 Charges

Use of Service will be charged on the basis of instrument running time. Table 1 summarizes the charges for Service. The invoice will be set up by CMMC and the Drittmittel Abteilung on a quarterly basis.

Table 1
Service Charge [Euro/ hour instrument running time].

  CMMC Uniklinik &
Universität zu Köln
Others
  Tarif 1 Tarif 2 Tarif 3
FACS Calibur Analysis      
Acquisition 30 30 60
Analysis 30 30 60
 
FACS CANTO Analysis      
Acquisition 40 40 80
Analysis 40 40 80
 
FACS ARIA Sort      
sort ( appr. 5.000 cells/ sec.) 90 90 140
highspeed Sort (> 10.000 cells/ sek.) 130 130 190
Analysis 40 40 80
Single cell mode 130 130 190
Sort into plates, on slides 130 130 190
 
Auto-MACS Classic Sort 50 50 90
 
AutoMACS Pro Sort 50 50 90
 
Manual Sorting 20 20 40
 
Gentle MACS tissue dissociation 20 20 40


 Liability

Only the Operator is allowed to run the instruments. She/he is responsible for running the instruments according to timely and scientific standards. However, she/he is not responsible for conclusions drawn thereof.

 Working with genetic engineered cells and microorganisms

The Facility runs the laboratory on the S2 safety level. The Facility must document all experiments with genetic engineered cells. It is mandatory that the user provides in advance relevant information about the biological and genetic safety of each cell type which enters one of the processes operated by the Facility. Information is provided by the "Sicherheitsdatenblatt".

 Working with virus producing cells

The user must inform the Facility when work with virus producing cells is requested. The Facility must document all experiments with virus producing cells. It is mandatory that the user is providing in advance relevant information about the biological safety of each cell type which enters one of the processes operated by the Facility. Information is provided by the "Sicherheitsdatenblatt".

 Disclaimer

The Central Cell Sort Facility attempts the best that all information presented on their homepage, flyers, protocols or other releases are correct and current. Nevertheless, mistakes or misunderstandings can not be excluded. The Facility can not be hold responsible for actuality, validity, completeness or quality or for material or immaterial damages through usage or non usage of the Service or of the information provided by the homepage. The Facility moreover has the right to change, delete, or edit parts of the internet presentation without pre-announcement. The Facility don't set up direct connections (Links) with foreign web pages from companies or other institutions. The responsibility for the contents of webpages of foreign providers, e.g. through direct or indirect connections (Links), requires the knowledge of illegal or indictable contents. The Facility has no knowledge of illegal or obnoxious contents of links connected with their homepage. Should illegal or obnoxious contents be presented on the homepages of linked providers, the Core facility distanced from these contents.