Challenge panels



The NMG acts to identify and address gaps in available proficiency panels to its member laboratories. The 2016 challenge panels available are:

2016 NMG-NML "Challenge test for 16S rRNA gene sequencing and/or MALDI-TOF "

The NML Special Bacteriology laboratory is now preparing a participation list for the 2016 NMG-NML "Challenge test for 16S rRNA gene sequencing and/or MALDI-TOF ".
We are sending this message to try to get NEW PARTICIPANTS, from among members of this group. Our apologies for those of you who also got this message because you are a member of the CMUG group.

This will be the 5th year of the Challenge Test. The panel consists of 4 bacteria which are coded; labs are asked to identity these bacteria to genus and species where possible, using usual practises and interpretation using 16S and/or MALDI-TOF technologies.
All labs which have participated in recent years or have requested to join the test in the past 10 months, have been automatically added to this list and do NOT have to anything further here. You are going to be notified about specific details for this panel in an email in the next couple of days. If you do NOT get such an email, please contact us as the address below.

If your institute performs one or both of these assays, is currently NOT PARTICIPATING in the Challenge test but WISHES TO JOIN, please contact us at the address below, as soon as possible.

We anticipate sending out the panel the week of October 3-7 2016, with results being due back at the NML by or near October 21 2016.
Results will be shared with attendees to the National Molecular Group's annual meeting to be held in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Nov 28-29 2016.

Please contact Tina Zimmerman for further details.

Tina Zimmerman, BSc.
Laboratory Technologist,Special Bacteriology Laboratory Unit
National Microbiology Laboratory/ Public Health Agency of Canada / Government of Canada
1015 Arlington St. Winnipeg MB R3E 3R2 / Tel: 204-789-2137 / Fax: 204-784-7509.


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 has been able to offer 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.