National mycobacterium reference service- South (NMRS-South)

NMRS-South is the reference laboratory for mycobacterium species.

The National Mycobacterium Reference Service-South (NMRS-South) provides several services to referral laboratories.

The principal activities of the unit include:

  • provision of a mycobacterial reference service, based on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for identification of Mycobacterium sp isolates

  • prediction of drug susceptibility and resistance, and determination of relatedness for detection of transmission

  • investigation of outbreaks

  • phenotypic drug susceptibility testing for selected M. tuberculosis complex and non-tuberculosis mycobacterial (NTM) isolates

  • extended testing for M. tuberculosis complex isolates, with resistance to first-line agents

Primary isolation services include:

  • microscopy and culture

  • a Fastrack (PCR) Service for detection of M. tuberculosis complex and rifampicin (and multidrug) resistance


National Mycobacterium Reference Service-South (NMRS-South)

National Infection Service, 61 Colindale Avenue


Telephone 020 832 76957

DX address DX 6530016, Colindale NW


Updates to this page

Published 8 August 2014
Last updated 25 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of primary isolation services.

  2. Update to DX address.

  3. Updated service and contact details, and added 'user manual'.

  4. Updated with the lab's new name and location.

  5. First published.