Establishment of quality systems and accreditation in health laboratories : report of an intercountry workshop, Thailand, 9-13 October 2006
AbstractThe role of health laboratories in providing critical information to enable physicians and public health programme managers to make informed decisions has increased manifold. Expectations regarding quality laboratory results have also multiplied. Integration of a quality system into health laboratories has therefore become essential. Accreditation of health laboratories is equally important so that the quality of laboratories can be regularly certified by the designated authority. To orient those concerned about the quality system and process of accreditation, an intercountry workshop on Establishment of Quality Systems and Accreditation in Health Laboratories was organized at the Bureau of Laboratory Quality and Standards, a WHO Collaborating Centre on Strengthening Quality Systems in Health Laboratories (BLQS), Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, Bangkok, Thailand from 9 to 13 October 2006. The workshop focused on the principles of quality systems, their implementation and ensuring a sustainable mechanism of assessment of quality. The elements of organization and participation in an external quality assessment scheme (EQAS) were also elaborated. A generic model for implementation of the national accreditation and EQAS mechanism was developed. The report describes the mechanism for establishing of accreditation and for instituting quality systems.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2007). Establishment of quality systems and accreditation in health laboratories : report of an intercountry workshop, Thailand, 9-13 October 2006. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205029