For Our Health - as Canada’s leading public health infectious disease laboratory, the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) is responsible for the identification, control and prevention of infectious diseases.
The NML’s activities include reference microbiology, support to epidemiology programs, surveillance, emergency response, applied and discovery research, and management of intellectual assets to improve public health in Canada and internationally.
The information contained in this website is intended to provide reference information for public health professionals and the general public on the various programs and activities undertaken by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory.
CIPARS is a nationally integrated antimicrobial resistance surveillance program developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in collaboration with federal and provincial partners. One of the key objectives of CIPARS is to monitor trends in the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the food chain.
CIPARS has been modelled after international initiatives such as the US National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) and the Danish Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Programme (DANMAP) to facilitate the comparison of data.
The Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Hospital Epidemiology Committee (CHEC), a subcommittee of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada and the Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (CIDPC) of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Established in 1994, the objectives of CNISP are to provide rates and trends of healthcare-associated infections at Canadian healthcare facilities, thus enabling comparison of rates (benchmarks), and to provide data that can be used in the development of national guidelines on clinical issues related to healthcare-associated infections. At present, 49 sentinel hospitals from 9 provinces participate in the CNISP network.