Microbial identification represents an important part of the microbiology function. This includes screening products for objectionable organisms, profiling the environmental microbiota, and investigating out-of-limits events with a view to assigning a probable point of origin. In deciding what and when (and subsequently to what level) to identify, and by the way of which methods, requires an identification strategy. This is a document each microbiology laboratory should develop.
During a Pharmig presentation on microbial identification strategy and a Q&A session that followed there was a variation in approach, and sometimes a lack of clarity, concerning good identification practices and in outlining a strategy of what to identify and when. To provide guidance for members and other microbiologists, in the way of a training aid, and to provide the basis for microbiology laboratories to benchmark against, this guide was put together.
The foreword has kindly been written by Andrew Hopkins – MHRA
Chapters within the Guide include:
- Why do we identify?
- Phenotypic identification methods
- Genotypic identification methods
- Rapid identification methods
- Common issues with bacterial identification