UK standards for microbiology investigations (SMI)

Public Health England produces a comprehensive list of recommended practices and standards for procedures in clinical microbiology. Find out more about SfAM's involvement in this process on this page.

The UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology, produced by Public Health England. The SMIs are developed by a steering committee and a series of working groups, which are composed of nominated experts from public bodies, professional organisations and learned societies. The Society for Applied Microbiology is represented by the following members:

  • Professor Mark Fielder: SMI steering committee
  • Ms Laura Ryall: Virology working group
  • Dr Andrew Sails: Bacteriology working group

The UK SMIs are developed, reviewed and updated through an open consultation process. Details of currently open SMI consultations are made available on the SfAM website.


24 May 2021

Calling all UK SMI Experts - Identification of Species

Public Health England has issued a consultation, UK SMI 4: identification of Streptococcus species, Enterococcus species and morphologically similar organisms. For more information, please visit the UK SMI consultation page.

If you would like to contribute to SfAM's response, please send your feedback to the policy team at [email protected] by Tuesday 1 June.