Respiratory and vaccine preventable bacteria reference unit (RVPBRU), provides national and international reference laboratory services.
RVPBRU is part of Public Health England’s bacteria reference department (BRD) and provides reference laboratory services for a number of bacteria causing respiratory, systemic and vaccine preventable bacterial infections.
RVPBRU is made up of 2 sections:
- respiratory and systemic bacterial section
- vaccine preventable bacterial section
RVPBRU provides national reference facilities for many respiratory, systemic and vaccine-preventable bacterial associated bacteria, including:
- Lancefield Group A Streptococci (GAS), Streptococcus pyogenes
- Lancefield Group B Streptococci (GBS), Streptococcus agalactiae
- Lancefield Group C and Group G Streptococci
- identification of streptococci and related genera
- mycoplasma and ureaplasma
- Bordetella pertussis and other bordetella
- pneumococci (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
- toxigenicity testing of Corynebacterium diphtheriae and other potentially toxigenic corynebacteria
- Haemophilus influenzae
RVPBRU also offers serodiagnostic testing for:
- diphtheria immunity or vaccination studies
- tetanus immunity
- Bordetella pertussis
RVPBRU receives bacterial isolates and clinical samples which are analysed by a wide range of methodologies in accordance with customer needs and also performs surveillance and advises on incident and outbreak investigation.
For more information on RVPBRU services and contact details refer to the BRD user manual.
Important service update
Most RVPBRU services, including routine typing of isolates, are running as usual. However, to provide critical support to the enhanced COVID-19 incident, 2 services have been suspended with immediate effect:
- Characterisation of Bordetella and Bordetella pertussis PCR-positive clinical specimens for surveillance
- Leptospira confirmatory testing by MAT and MLST (Leptospira PCR and EIA services provided by PHE RIPL are running as routine)
Please contact RVPBRU using the contact list in the BRD user manual.
Public Health England
Email To email individuals use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 020 8327 7887
DX address PHE Colindale Bacteriology, DX 6530002