Animal & Veterinary
Report Issued by Office of Research
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter July/August 2003 Volume XVIII, No 4
Dr. Renate Reimschuessel and her colleagues from CVM’s Office of Research have conducted a multi-laboratory study to develop uniform methods for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria from aquatic sources. These methods are detailed in a special report entitled Methods for Antimicrobial Disk Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated from Aquatic Animals: A Report. This report was published by the National Committee for Chemical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) in May 2003, and it provides the most up-to-date techniques for disk diffusion susceptibility testing of aquatic bacteria isolates, as well as quality control ranges used for monitoring the performance of study conditions and experimental deviations.
“This is a major step forward for aquatic animal diagnostics and for the monitoring of antimicrobial susceptibilities of microorganisms in the aquatic environment,” says Dr. Reimschuessel. NCCLS is a globally recognized, voluntary consensus standards-developing organization that enhances the value of medical testing within the healthcare community through the development and dissemination of standards, guidelines, and best practices. NCCLS is comprised of more than 2,000 member organizations worldwide from government, industry, and the professions.
The report can be purchased directly from the NCCLS website at http://subservice.nccls.org/edds/webstore.htm, for a cost of $35 by NCCLS members, and $65 for non-members.