Medical labs working towards accreditation

GIS:-Laboratories can follow a simplified, three-tiered approach toward authorization.

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has identified the transformation of the delivery of medical laboratory services in Saint Lucia as an important activity in building a national quality infrastructure.

To this end, the SLBS brought together personnel in the sector, at a workshop to mark World Accreditation Day in June, under the theme “Accreditation of Medical Laboratories.”

Central to the discussion was accreditation to ISO/IEC 15189: 2012 Requirements for Quality and Competence in Medical Laboratories, through the Stepwise Improvement Program for the accreditation of medical labs. The Stepwise Improvement Program is a collaboration between the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Caribbean Region Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

The program enables laboratories to interpret and follow a three-tiered approach to achieving accreditation. It is designed to simplify the requirements of the standard by setting reasonable targets of success.

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is charged with the promotion of accreditation to encourage good practice, and to provide national administrative links between potential laboratory clients and the accreditation bodies.

The SLBS, as the National Accreditation Focal Point (NAFP), is keen on strengthening its work with the medical laboratories in providing guidance and assistance in the Stepwise implementation of ISO/IEC 15189:2012, in the areas of training, technical assistance where possible, and providing a channel for information on the requirements of the standard, proficiency testing and accreditation.