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Quality Assurance Unit - Scheme Details

Microbiology
PT Number
PT0165
Scheme title
Campylobacter - Isolation & Identification
Suitable testing methods

Various culture and isolation methods and additional confirmatory tests

Participants will be given clinical information about the sample, as would happen with most usual sample submissions to a laboratory. Using normal routine procedures the participants should make their choice of tests to try to determine the organisms present.

Reporting format

Please record whether the sample is Positive or Negative for Campylobacter species.
Where laboratory facilities exist and where further work is routinely carried out, record the species isolated.

When a laboratory does not normally test for a particular type of Campylobacter e.g. foetal strains, (based on the sample history) report this as "not routinely tested"

The final report will be issued electronically. The report will show the intended results, as well as the results from all other participants.

Results to be returned within:
21 days
Number of samples in each distribution:
5
Sample Type

Simulated clinical specimen - Lenticules.

Each Lenticule sample may contain Campylobacter species, either enteric strains or strains linked to abortion. Contaminants may also be present. Negative samples may also be used.

The organisms will be reference or field strains

Packaging and transport details:
UN3373 – Biological substance category B. Courier delivery will incur additional charges. Please contact the QA unit for details.
Number of distributions per year:
2
Subcontracting:
Various aspects of the Proficiency Testing schemes may at times be subcontracted to a competent subcontractor. The Quality Assurance Unit is responsible for the subcontractors work.
Accreditation status:
Not accredited.
Date scheme started:
2011
Notes
For price and detail of distribution months please see price list or contact: vetqas@apha.gsi.gov.uk
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