Health protection – collection

Bacteriology reference department (BRD)

BRD is a national and international laboratory reference centre for a wide range of bacterial infections.

The Bacteriology reference department (BRD) provides serology and confirmatory testing, on referral from Rare and imported pathogens laboratory (RIPL) only.

The department (BRD) is made up of 4 units:

  • Respiratory and vaccine preventable bacteria reference unit (RVPBRU)
  • Sexually transmitted bacteria reference unit (STBRU)
  • Gastrointestinal bacteria reference unit (GBRU)
  • Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections reference unit (AMRHAI)

These laboratories work together locally, nationally and internationally and provide a wealth of expertise and specialist and reference services.

BRD receive clinical samples and bacterial isolates from public health departments, NHS and commercial laboratories across the UK and internationally for specialist testing, bacterial characterisation and susceptibility testing.


Bacteriology reference department (BRD)

Public Health England
61 Colindale Avenue

BRD documents

  1. Bacteriology reference department (BRD): user manual

    • Guidance