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Ref.No. [Initiator]
AUS-45 [Headquarters]
Status
Active
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Diagnostics and Laboratory Support for HIV/AIDS and Other Blood-borne Infections

Director / Head: 
  Ms Susan Best
 




Institution:
  National Serology Reference Laboratory (NRL)
  St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Address:
  4th Floor, Healy Building 41 Victoria Parade - 3065 Vic.
  3065
  Vic.
Town:
  Fitzroy
Country:
  AUSTRALIA
Region:
  WPRO
Phone:
  +61 3 9418 1123
Fax:
  (61-3) 9418 1155
Web Site:
  http://www.nrl.gov.au
Date of Designation:
  17/Oct/1985
Last Redesignation:
  23/Nov/2014
Expiry:
  23/Nov/2018
Terms of Reference:
  1. To provide quality assurance programs for serological and virological diagnostic technologies for HIV and other blood borne infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C in particular for the South East Asia and Western Pacific regions. 
  2. To collect and hold WHO repositories of relevant specimens for the assessment of diagnostic technologies for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and syphilis.  
  3. To act as a technical resource for dossier assessments of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and syphilis diagnostic products, and for inspection of facilities manufacturing the products for the purpose of WHO prequalification  
  4. To act as a source of technical information for WHO, staff of national regulatory authorities and manufacturers on adequate study design to support analytical and clinical performance and stability claims for diagnostic products for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis. 
  5. To act as a reference laboratory on HIV/AIDS and other blood borne infectious diseases. 
  6. To act as a source of technical information and continuing education for laboratory personnel and health care staff. In addition provide advice, technical support and training in the area of quality assurance and quality management systems to support national laboratory programmes providing diagnostic services for priority diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.  
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Subjects:
  1. HIV/AIDS 
  2. Hepatitis 
  3. Blood Transfusion Safety and Blood Products 
Types of activity:
  1. Information dissemination 
  2. Provision of reference substances and other services 
  3. Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.) 
WHO Outputs:
  4.3.3 - Strengthening national regulatory authorities facilitated; norms, standards, guidelines for medical products developed; and quality, safety and efficacy of health technologies ensured through prequalification
  1.1.1 - Implementation and monitoring of the global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015 through policy dialogue and technical support at global, regional and national level
 
Responsible Officer:
  VERCAUTEREN Gaby Henriette
Phone:
  +41 22 79 14728

Technical Counterpart:
  LO Ying-Ru Jacqueline
Phone:
  +63 2 52 89714
Email:
  loy@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork