ICS Quality Control Program for Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis

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Details

Pathogen:
Neisseria meningitidis
Laboratory:
Syphilis Diagnostics and Vaccine Preventable Bacterial Diseases
Phone:
(204) 789-2130 or (204) 789-6017
Fax:
(204) 789-2018
Email:
Frequency:
Biennually
Description:

The NML provides each participating laboratory with two proficiency panels every other year. A panel contains 5 isolates from Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis including strains with a variety of serotypes or serogroups.

Scope:

The International Circumpolar Surveillance (ICS) quality control program for meningitis disease includes five reference labs conducting the identification and serotype/serogroup of Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis. These five labs include Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ), ProvLab Alberta, Arctic Investigations Program (AIP) in AK, Staten Serum Institute (SSI) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg. The objectives of the QC program are to provide participating laboratories with external proficiency testing that monitors routine protocols as they are applied to the diagnosis of Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis, to identify and correct potential problems and to continually improve services.

Fees:

No charge

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Members of the International Circumpolar Surveillance Program

Confidentiality arrangements:

Participants are assigned numeric codes which anonymizes their identity. Participant’s contact information and results are not shared among the group.

How to apply:

Email raymond.tsang@canada.ca to request participation