GBRU is the national reference laboratory for gastrointestinal pathogens and provides specialist testing of clinical, food, water and environmental samples.
Gastrointestinal bacteria reference unit (GBRU) is part of UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) bacteria reference department (BRD).
GBRU is made up of 3 sections:
- foodborne pathogens reference services
- gastrointestinal infections reference service
- salmonella reference services
GBRU provides national reference facilities for many gastrointestinal associated bacteria, including:
- Clostridium botulinum
- Clostridium perfringens
- Clostridium tetani
- Staphylococcal enterotoxin detection
- Helicobacter pylori
- Escherichia coli
- Shigella, Vibrio and Yersinia species
Important service update
All routine services have been resumed.
The situation will be regularly reviewed. For the most current information, contact the relevant department using the contact details provided in the BRD user manual.
Research and training
GBRU undertakes research into the genetic diversity of pathogens and the development of improved detection and characterisation techniques for food, water and environmentally-borne diseases.
GBRU is also able to offer expert advice, education and training on public health aspects of food microbiology and safety.
For more information on GBRU services and contact details refer to the BRD user manual.
Guidance and forms
Gastrointestinal pathogens: specimen acceptance criteria
Gastrointestinal pathogens: interpreting PCR assays guidance