Workshop on quality assurance of HIV and hepatitis testing : report on an intercountry workshop, Kiev, Ukraine, 24-26 September 2003
AbstractThe present intercountry workshop was designed to address quality aspects of laboratory testing for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis viruses. The participants, delegates from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, were senior professionals involved in laboratory screening, diagnosis and reference testing for bloodborne viruses, and regulatory affairs. Participants recognized the increasing demand for proficient laboratory services for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C, to ensure the accurate diagnosis of infection and to screen blood donations. Ensuring the safety of blood transfusion depends both on careful donor selection and quality procedures built around the testing, but also collection, storage and use of blood. Issues like national laboratory organization, relevant regulatory framework, including licensing of kits, evaluation and purchase of diagnostic devices, testing requirements and strategies and laboratory management were presented and discussed. The need for continuous revision of existing regulatory frameworks in the light of current international practices has been commonly agreed. Member States should support the development of appropriate infrastructure and laboratory networks to sustain implementation of national quality systems for laboratories and blood transfusion services
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2003). Workshop on quality assurance of HIV and hepatitis testing : report on an intercountry workshop, Kiev, Ukraine, 24-26 September 2003. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107550
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