Guidance

Hospital tap water scheme: high quality microbiological testing

This external quality assessment (EQA) scheme is particularly suited to laboratories in the water testing and clinical microbiology sectors that examine hospital tap waters.

Documents

Hospital waters: how to ensure high quality microbiological testing

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To minimise the potential risk of infection in the hospital environment, hospitals must test to ensure that water used in their healthcare facilities is safe.

PHE provides support for hospital microbiology laboratories such as:

  • external quality assessment (EQA) schemes
  • bacterial reference materials from the national collection of type cultures (NCTC)
Published 1 May 2014