Expert Microbiology

Expert Microbiology Unit

  • serves as a national expert unit on bacterial and viral infections, antimicrobial resistance and microbiological water analysis, produces surveillance data and participates in outbreak investigations, also in international cooperation 
  • responsible for national standardisation work related to microbiological water analysis
  • reports on bathing and drinking water quality to the EU
  • maintains preparedness to diagnose and control serious bacterial and viral diseases that are emerging or rare
  • works as the Regional Reference Laboratory for Polio (World Health Organisation, WHO), a National Influenza Centre (WHO) and a Measles and Rubella laboratory.

Focus areas of the unit’s activities:

  • antimicrobial resistance
  • serious bacterial infections
  • food and water-borne infections 
  • mycobacteria
  • respiratory tract and intestinal viruses
  • measles, mumps and rubella
  • serving as a support laboratory for HIV and hepatitis C
  • legionella and campylobacter (demanding specialist analytics)
  • noroviruses and adenoviruses (demanding specialist analytics).

Contact details

Carita Savolainen-Kopra
Head of Unit
tel. +358 29 524 8884
e-mail: [email protected]

Postal address
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Expert Microbiology Unit
PO Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki, Finland

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Expert Microbiology Unit
PO Box 95
FI-70701 Kuopio, Finland

FINAS and ILAC MRA accreditation symbols.

THL's scope of accreditation

The unit is a FINAS accredited testing laboratory T077. It has been accredited according to the standard SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and its scope of accreditation is available on the website of FINAS (Finnish Accreditation Service).