Anyone who has worked in Microbiology for any length of time knows that anaerobes are finicky at best and impossible to identify at worst. Having guidelines for their identification would be helpful. Enter CLSI.
From their press release:
“The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) released a new microbiology standard, Principles and Procedures for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens; Approved Guideline (M56-A). This document presents standardized, cost-effective, and efficient best practice processes for anaerobe bacteriology to assist clinical laboratories in selecting those methods that lead to improved patient care.”