Resources

​APHL has developed numerous resources specific to TB laboratory practices. Additionally, we have compiled a number of external resources that could also be helpful to the TB Laboratory. Check back frequently for updates and new resources. Non-APHL resources will indicate the primary source.

Issue Briefs, Factsheets and Considerations

Suggested Standard Reporting Language for Molecular Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and Mutations Associated with Drug Resistance, 2017​​​​​​

Clinical Laboratory Testing for Mycobacterium chimaera, 2016

CPHLN: Interim Laboratory Testing Guidance For The Detection Of Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Infections In Post Operative Patients Exposed To Heater Cooler Units, 2016 

Issues in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex (MTBC) Drug Susceptibility Testing: Pyrazinamide (PZA), 2016

Issues in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex (MTBC) Drug Susceptibility Testing: Ethambutol (EMB), 2016

Public Health Laboratory Expansion of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex, 2015

Laboratory Considerations for Use of the Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF Assay, 2013

Increase in TB Funding for Public Health Laboratories, 2012

Recommendations and Best Practices

Consensus statement on the use of Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF assay in making decisions to discontinue airborne infection isolation in healthcare settings, 2016

Guidelines for Submission of Sputum Specimens for TB Testing, 2010

Core TB Laboratory Services for Public Health Laboratories, 2009

Reports

National TB Laboratory Services Survey Report: Biosafety, 2015

National TB Services Survey Report, 2012

TB Drug-Susceptibility Testing: Expert Panel Meeting Summary Report, 2007

National Plan for Reliable Tuberculosis Laboratory Services Using a Systems Approach, 2005 

The Future of TB Laboratory Services, 2004

CDC: Tuberculosis Laboratory Aggregate Report, 2014, 2011, 2010

WHO: Global TB Report 2016, Drug-Resistant TB 2014

Treatment Action Group: 2016 Pipeline Report for HIV and TB

Laboratory Training Resources

ECDC: Mastering the Basics of TB Control: Development of a Handbook on TB Diagnostic Methods, 2011

Conference Presentations for National Conferences on Laboratory Aspects of TB

10th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2017

9th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2015

8th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2013

7th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2011

6th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2010

5th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB, 2008