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).


NZMN Choosing Wisely urine testing recommendations

A list of Choosing Wisely recommendations for urine testing has been launched as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.  The full list of NZMN recommendations is available here(external link) and information about other Choosing Wisely recommendations from the HQSC website(external link).



A national audit of performance standards for blood cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand: opportunities for improvement(external link)

Elvy J, Addidle M, Andersson HS, Black V, Drinković D, Howard J, O'Connor M, Taylor S, Morris AJ.  N Z Med J. 2022 Jan 20;136(1568):65-71. PMID: 36657076.

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