UK Standards for Microbiological Investigations
Invitation to Comment on UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations
All microbiologists are invited to comment of the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs).
To access current SMIs click the following link on the PHE website: Standards for microbiology investigations (SMI).
To access documents "under consultation" please go to the following link Publications: All Consultations.
Background to UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations
SMIs are a comprehensive referenced collection of algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology.
SMIs are primarily a general resource for practicing professionals in microbiology laboratories in the UK and assist with the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. In addition, this online resource aims to provide support to clinical microbiologists and commissioners of microbiology services.
The process to produce SMIs is NHS Evidence accredited and certified to ISO 9001:2008.
All SMIs undergo wide consultation which helps ensure that all relevant staff have the opportunity to contribute. Reference Laboratories and staff with known expertise are consulted and additional expert views are especially welcome. Proposals for change should be accompanied by supporting documentary evidence whenever possible.
Relevant working groups review all comments received, which form proposals for changes to the documents. All comments received are available on the SMI website.
You can also be kept updated to changes on the SMI pages by subscribing to the Public Health England RSS feed. To do this click on PHE RSS and click 'subscribe to this feed' next to the green cross at the top of the page.