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UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMI)

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology.

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations consist of:

  • Syndromic algorithms, the overarching framework to which other SMIs relate, describe the investigations chosen at the pre-analytical (clinical syndrome) stage.
  • Recommended investigations for microbiology including minimum testing algorithms for virology (analytical and post analytical). Minimum testing algorithms for virology (analytical and post analytical).
  • Clinical guidance cover the clinical background, differential diagnosis, and appropriate investigation of particular clinical conditions.
  • Quality guidance describe essential laboratory methodologies to underpin quality eg assay validation, quality assurance and understanding uncertainty of measurement.  

  Access to UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations

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NICE has accredited the process to produce SMIs. The accreditation is applicable to all guidance produced since October 2009 using the SMI development processes.

Accreditation is valid for five years from July 2011.

The process for the development of SMIs is also certified to ISO 9001:2008.

More information about accreditation is available from www.nice.org.uk/accreditation.

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations have been translated into Italian, follow the link for further information.

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