National Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Comparison Program

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Details

Pathogen:
Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Laboratory:
Streptococcus and STI Unit
Phone:
Office: (204) 789-6063
Fax:
(204) 789-5012
Email:
Frequency:
Annually
Description:

The National Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Comparison Program is sent to participating laboratories across Canada annually. Each panel consists of ten strains of various antibiotic susceptibilities to penicillin, spectinomycin, tetracycline, erythromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, cefixime and azithromycin. Participating laboratories are to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of the different antimicrobials used by their laboratory with either the two fold agar dilution method, or the E-Test method, for each panel strain along with a set of control strains. Inter-laboratory and intra-laboratory comparisons are made with submitted results.

Scope:

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Fees:

No charge

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Any laboratories that perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and want to test their proficiency may participate upon request to the Streptococcus and STI Unit.

Confidentiality arrangements:

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

How to apply:

Email your request to participate to phac.nml.StrepSTI-lnm.StrepITS.aspc@canada.ca