Microbiology

The RCPAQAP Microbiology discipline has been developed and evolved under the guidance of the RCPAQAP Microbiology Advisory Committee. Within this discipline, a Molecular Infectious Diseases sub-committee further guides the development of microbiology molecular diagnostics.

The last two decades have seen enormous change in Medical Microbiology. ‘New’ organisms (Helicobacter pylori, HIV, Hepatitis C virus) have been discovered and characterised. ‘New’ infectious diseases (AIDS, Lyme disease and Legionnaires’ disease) have been described. ‘Old’ infections (tuberculosis, malaria, and pertussis) have re-emerged as major threats and have become increasingly resistant to previously effective antibiotics (MRSA, Streptococcus pneumoniae, VRE).

Over this time, advances in technology and molecular medicine (automation, polymerase chain reaction) have added greatly to the Microbiologist’s diagnostic armamentarium. At the same time, Microbiology remains very much a ‘hands-on’ discipline. In many ways, it is an art as much as a science, and one in which an individual pathologist’s experience, judgment and interpretive skills are pivotal.

Clinical aspects involve control of outbreaks of infectious disease and dealing with the problems of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Microbiology (UN3373) Programs Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

The Molecular Infectious Diseases Programs Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

The Parasitology Programs Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

The Microbiology Gram Stain / Urine Microscopy and Urine Dipstick Programs Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

Bacterial Serotyping

Catalogue Number

12010102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

6

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, April, July, October

Measurand/Test

Serotyping of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus species, Neisseria meningitidis

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Bacteriology: Difficult/Blood Culture Isolates

Catalogue Number

12020102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

8

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, March, April, June, July, September, October, November

Measurand/Test

Difficult/Blood Culture Isolates

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Bacteriology: Faecal Pathogens

Catalogue Number

12030102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, April, July, October

Measurand/Test

Faecal Pathogens

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Bacteriology: Genital Swabs

Catalogue Number

12040102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, April, July, October

Measurand/Test

Genital Pathogens

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Mycobacteriology Acid Fast Smears

Catalogue Number

12050102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Fixed unstained smear on glass slide

Sample volume

n/a

Schedule

March, June, September, November

Measurand/Test

Acid Fast bacilli

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. Store slides at room temperature and protect from direct light.

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Mycobacteriology Culture

Catalogue Number

12060102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

March, June, September, November

Measurand/Test

Mycobacteriology Culture

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Nose/Throat Pathogens

Catalogue Number

12070102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

March, June, September, November

Measurand/Test

Nose/Throat Pathogens

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Respiratory Pathogens

Catalogue Number

12080102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, April, July, October

Measurand/Test

Respiratory Pathogens, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Skin/Eye/Ear Pathogens

Catalogue Number

12090102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

March, June, September, November

Measurand/Test

Skin/Eye/Ear Pathogens, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Urine

Catalogue Number

12100102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL or 5mL option

Schedule

March, June, September, November

Measurand/Test

Urine cell counts (manual and/or automated methods), Bacterial count, Urine pathogens, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Bacteriology: Wound Anaerobes

Catalogue Number

12110102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

1mL

Schedule

February, April, July, October

Measurand/Test

Aerobic organisms, Anaerobic organisms, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (aerobes)

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 10, 2021

Clostridium difficile: Laboratory Detection

Catalogue Number

12120102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

2

Cases/samples per survey

4

Sample Type

Lyophilised sample

Sample volume

2mL

Schedule

July, November

Measurand/Test

Detection of Clostridium difficile – culture, antigen and toxin

Storage and Handling

On receipt of the samples, prompt processing is recommended. If not performing testing immediately, store the un-reconstituted vials at 2-8ºC and protect from direct light.

Dangerous Goods (UN3373)

This survey material was packed in compliance with IATA PI.650 for Biological Substance Category B, UN 3373

Product details last updated on August 19, 2020