Challenge panels



The NMG acts to identify and address gaps in available proficiency panels for its member laboratories. The 2019 challenge panel is on its way:

Preparations for the 2019 Challenge Test for 16S rRNA sequencing and MALDI-TOF are underway at the NML, for shipment in October 2019.  Laboratories which would like to join in this test but have NEVER PREVIOUSLY participated in this exercise are asked to contact regarding the process on how to enrol.

Contact Information

Mark Unger, MSc.
Laboratory Technologist, Proteomics Laboratory
National Microbiology Laboratory/ Public Health Agency of Canada / Government of Canada
1015 Arlington St. Winnipeg MB R3E 3R2 / Tel: 204-789-2004


The NMG aids in ensuring specific needs of its member laboratories are addressed, often working alongside the other laboratories to provide panels for orphan pathogens. In the past, the NMG offered panels in:

West Nile Virus Proficiency Panel
H1N1 Influenza Proficiency Panel

Many of the current and past panels are the result of a collaborative effort between the NMG and National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), which continues to provide many of these panels to our member laboratories. A complete listing of available proficiency panels from the NML can be found at:

NML PT Panel List

The NMG continues to welcome its members suggestions for future proficiency panel needs.