All bacterial isolates may be 'typed'. Most of the frequently isolated 'human species' may be promptly identified at low cost by any clinical routine laboratory. However, odd human isolates, animal isolates or isolates from other sources should be handed over to a specialised identification service. The specialised laboratory will have more methods and be trained to cope with a wide range of organisms. Some isolates can not be identified since the species has not yet been published, but these isolates may be characterised and get their phylogenetic allocation.

The CCUG accepts pure cultures of non-extremophile bacteria for identification or characterisation. To be able to keep the costs at a reasonable level, the CCUG must be allowed to decide on which methods to use. We changed our policy on 1st of January 2002 with the aim to improve the dialog with the customer and to have a transparent charging policy. Please download yourself the document (in Swedish: remiss) we wish to receive together with your specimen. A copy of the document will be sent back to you together with our report to explain our invoice.

Please send your isolate(s) to:
Shipments with Postal Service
Klinisk Mikrobiologi SU
Box 7193
SE-402 34 Göteborg

Shipments of parcels by courier
Klinisk Mikrobiologi SU
Guldhedsgatan 10A
SE-413 46 Göteborg

Single specimens may be sent any time without notifying us. During the summer, please contact us if you wish to submit multiple specimens. Mean processing time is 8 days. Another week is needed when 16S rRNA sequencing is done.

We do not accept organisms in hazard group 3: Bacillus anthracis, Brucella spp., Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Francisella tularensis, Salmonella typhi, Shigella dysenteriae, Yersinia pestis, etc. Please send suspected hazardous group 3 agents to your national reference center!

Please note that invoices for the identification is always issued by: Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Medicinsk Diagnostik och Teknik, Klinisk bakteriologi, immunologi och virologi. Please check the instructions for payment given on the invoice. The following information is printed on the invoice: Foreign customers only: Please pay in SEK to:
SWIFT-address SWEDSESS - IBAN SE60 8000 0810 5991 3029 7055