Discipline - Clinical microbiology
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Facility level:
Assay formats
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of isolates may be done manually (by disc diffusion, gradient tests and broth microdilution), or by automated platforms
Status history
First added in 2020
Purpose type
Aid to diagnosis
Final step in selection of appropriate antibiotics after species identification and interpretation by EUCAST and CLSI guidelines; Note: WHO regards the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a high-priority global health issue. See WHO Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS): https://www.who.int/activities/facilitating-global-surveillance-of-antimicrobial-resistance
Specimen types
Microbial isolates

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.