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
National Serology Reference Laboratory (NRL)
St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
4th Floor, Healy Building 41 Victoria Parade - 3065 Vic.
+61 3 9418 1123
(61-3) 9418 1155
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- To act as a reference laboratory on HIV/AIDS and other blood borne infectious diseases.
- 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.
- Blood Transfusion Safety and Blood Products
Types of activity:
- Information dissemination
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
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
VERCAUTEREN Gaby Henriette
+41 22 79 14728
LO Ying-Ru Jacqueline
+63 2 52 89714
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork