Bacteriology reference department (BRD): user manual

A guide to Public Health England's bacteriology reference department (BRD), its units, and the tests and services they provide.



The bacteriology reference 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)

This document includes information on the laboratory reference units and how to obtain tests and services.