Areas of Recent Emphasis of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

  • James H. Jorgensen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 349)

Abstract

The National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) is an organization of volunteer members representing the views of practicing clinical laboratorians, industry (both pharmaceutical and diagnostic), and government agencies. The subcommittees of the NCCLS encompass virtually all areas of clinical laboratory sciences, e.g., clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, clinical microbiology, as well as a subcommittee which deals with broad general areas such as laboratory safety and writing of procedure manuals. However, the activities with which clinical microbiologists are most likely to be familiar are the publications emanating from the Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee of the NCCLS. This subcommittee has responsibility for documents which describe the methodology for performing and interpreting antimicrobial susceptibility tests for aerobic bacteria by disk diffusion3, by broth or agar dilution2, and the testing of anaerobic bacteria by various methods1. These, like all NCCLS documents, are updated periodically (usually every three years). However, an even more frequently published document (NCCLS M100) is a compilation of all of the interpretive tables from the three susceptibility testing standards (but without the procedures text) and may be published as often as once per year.

Keywords

National Committee Zone Size Clinical Microbiologist Clinical Laboratory Standard Routine Quality Control 
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References

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    National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards 1990, Methods for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of anaerobic bacteria. Approved standard M11-A2 National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards, Villanova, PA.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Jorgensen
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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