National Bacteriology Laboratory

Mission statement 

The aim of the National Bacteriology Laboratory (NBL) is to provide a world class routine and research & development bacteriology service for the National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and wider NHS, focusing on the improvement of product and patient safety.

Services we provide

  • Bacterial screen testing of:

- tissues for transplantation (including tendon, amnion, heart valve, skin, menisci, bone and corneas) 

- cellular medicinal products (including cord blood and stem cell) 

- autologous and allogeneic serum eyedrops 

  • National confirmatory and reference work for the bacterial screening of platelet components 
  • Bacteriological investigation of patient adverse reactions to transfusion and the examination of visually abnormal blood components. 
  • Investigation of bacterial contamination of reagents 
  • Validation service for aseptic processing, disinfection and media 
  • Lot release testing of media for use within NHSBT 
  • Research and development, and process validation

We also offer professional support at a national level in the implementation and maintenance of environmental monitoring programmes for manufacturing laboratories and clean room facilities.

Refer to our user guide (PDF 595KB) for comprehensive information.

Work request form (FRM4577)

Research and development

R&D plays an integral role within our service. We are conducting a number of research projects with the aim of improving blood and tissue safety, some of which involve international collaboration.

If you wish to request a new R&D project please use the work request form above. 

Customer satisfaction

Each year we issue a user satisfaction survey to assess our users' satisfaction with the service. Feedback is evaluated, and where required, actions are identified to improve the service provided by the laboratory.

Read our report for 2021 (PDF 571KB)

Regulation and accreditation

The laboratory operates within a Quality Management System (QMS) ensuring compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards as set out in ISO 15189 and BSQR (Blood Safety and Quality Regulations). It is routinely inspected by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and is subject to inspection by the HTA (Human Tissue Authority) for tissue / stem cells / cord blood.


Laboratory Manager
Kate Tettmar
0208 957 2787

Deputy Laboratory Manager / QA Manager
Stephen Robbins
0208 957 2883

National Bacteriology Laboratory
Charcot Road



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