The external quality assessment (EQA) legionella isolation scheme is suitable for laboratories that examine waters for Legionella spp. Selected distribution challenges the detection and quantification of Legionella spp. by molecular methods.
The legionella isolation scheme includes samples containing a range of different serogroups of Legionella pneumophila and Legionella spp. other than L.pneumophila.
This scheme focuses on raising awareness:
- of the molecular methods used
- in the variations of the molecular methods used which can subsequently highlight differences in PT results obtained
- in limitation of molecular methods available on the market
- of updates in ISO methods