Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL): user manual

The RIPL specialises in unusual and hazardous pathogens, including imported fever, Lyme borreliosis, Q fever, anthrax and leptospirosis.


Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory: specimen referral guidelines and service user manual

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The Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL) specialises in a wide range of unusual and hazardous viral and bacterial pathogens.

It provides medical and laboratory specialist services to the NHS and other healthcare providers, including:

  • imported fever
  • Lyme borreliosis
  • unusual or hazardous indigenous pathogens, such as Q fever and anthrax
  • leptospirosis

RIPL provides an environmental detection service for investigation and identification of anthrax and other hazardous pathogens.

RIPL also provides PCR and IgM diagnostic service for the National leptospirosis service (NLS).

Published 15 December 2016
Last updated 8 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated manual with May 2018 edition.
  2. Minor formatting changes and amends to lyme serology service
  3. Updated to version 19.
  4. Updated version.
  5. Updated user manual.
  6. Revised version of manual, updated from 2014 to 2016
  7. First published.
  8. Updated user manual.
  9. Updated guidance.