Clinical microbiology laboratories play a critical and increasingly complex role in the diagnosis of infectious disease. The New Zealand Microbiology Network (NZMN) connects these laboratories together in order to provide timely and consistent responses to issues relating to laboratory testing and to ensure regular communication between microbiology laboratories in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health contracted the Institute of Environmental Science and Research(external link) (ESR) to establish and facilitate the NZMN in 2014.

Contact the NZMN

To get in touch with the NZMN, please contact the Chair. Email NZMN


COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Information and advice about COVID-19 is available from the Ministry of Health website(external link).


Swab collection for COVID-19

Details on how to take nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal and anterior nasal specimens for COVID-19 are available from here(external link)


NZMN Choosing Wisely urine testing recommendations

A list of Choosing Wisely recommendations for urine testing has been launched.  The full list is available from the Choose Wisely website(external link).


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