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BACTERIOLOGY-LIMITED - D4
D4
Analytes/procedures in bold type are regulated for proficiency testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Procedure Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing 1 Three shipments per year
Group A Streptococcus antigen detection* 1
Gram stain 1
GC culture 1
Throat culture 2
Urine culture 2

*If you are using a waived method for Streptococcus testing, these results will not count toward the required five challenges for the subspecialty of microbiology.


Program Information

  • Three loop specimens with diluents in duplicate, two swab specimens with diluents in duplicate, and one swab specimen for bacterial antigen detection
  • Urine culture will have one susceptibility challenge
  • Throat swabs compatible with molecular- and culture-based methods

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: April 1
  • Shipment B: August 12
  • Shipment C: December 9






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