Discipline - Clinical microbiology
Staining procedures
Facility level:
Assay formats
Microscopic examination of slides which may use different types of microscopes and stains
Status history
First added in 2020
Purpose type
Aid to diagnosis
For the presumptive identification of pathogens and for determination of microbial morphology
Specimen types
Disease-appropriate specimens (e.g. sputum, venous whole blood, urine, stool, body fluids, cerebrospinal fluid or cultures)

Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation

General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.

Details of submission from 2020

The inclusion of this entry was based on WHO guidelines and technical reports that include recommendations for the appropriate IVDs.