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Table 5 An example of quality grading criteria based on the laboratory components of MICRO

From: Microbiology Investigation Criteria for Reporting Objectively (MICRO): a framework for the reporting and interpretation of clinical microbiology data

Grade Detail
A Accreditation details provided
No ID or AST errors detected
B Accreditation details not provided
EQA participation confirmed
Organism ID and AST methodology completely described
No ID or AST errors detected
C Accreditation details not provided
EQA participation not confirmed
Organism ID and AST methodology completely described
No ID or AST errors detected
D Accreditation details not provided
EQA participation not confirmed
Organism ID and AST methodology partially described
No ID or AST errors detected
E Overt ID and/or AST errors detected/strongly suspected