Priority Research Area Infections

Diagnostic Mycobacteriology

Mission  Projects  Funding  Techniques  Publications  Staff


As part of the worldwide laboratory network of the WHO, the German National Reference Laboratory for mycobacteria (NRL) acts as a Supranational Reference Laboratory since 1995. Since 2008, the NRL coordinates and provides samples for external quality assurance in the field of mycobacterial diagnostics, organized by INSTAND e-V. Düsseldorf. On a daily basis consultancy is provided for laboratories and clinics concerning diagnostics and therapy of mycobacterial diseases. The research of the NRL focusses on the topics “evaluation of new techniques for the improvement of diagnostics”, “resistance of tuberculosis”, and “variability of clinical mycobacterial isolates”.