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

  • interferon gamma release assays for detection of latent infection and diagnosis


National mycobacterium reference service-South (NMRS-South)

National Infection Service
61 Colindale Avenue


Telephone 020 832 76957

DX address DX 6530016, Colindale NW


Published 8 August 2014
Last updated 22 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Update to DX address.

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

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

  4. First published.