External quality assessment scheme for Haemophilus influenzae 2014
This report presents the results of an external quality assessment carried out in 2014 to test laboratories’ ability to correctly identify strains of Haemophilus influenzae. The exercise also provides information about the accuracy of different characterisation and typing methods as well as antimicrobial susceptibility testing and the sensitivity of the methods in place.
External Quality Assurance scheme for Haemophilus influenzae, 2012
9 Jul 2013 - In May 2012 a collection of five strains of Haemophilus spp was sent to 28 participating reference laboratories in the IBD-labnet surveillance network for quality assurance testing. The laboratories were asked to characterise the five strains by performing standard laboratory protocols for the methods usually used by the laboratory for: species identification, biotyping and serotyping by serological methods and/or PCR. The results of this EQA are published in the this report.
External quality assurance scheme for Haemophilus influenzae 2011
11 Feb 2013 - The results of this external quality assurance distribution have shown that European Haemophilus reference laboratories differ in the level of characterisation of strains, ranging from simple speciation to full identification and typing. All but two laboratories routinely phenotypically serotype isolates. Fifteen laboratories (52%) performed PCR-based capsular genotyping, 23 laboratories (79%) reported antimicrobial susceptibility testing results.