CLSI congratulates the accredited laboratories in Zambia that recently underwent a periodic assessment by the accreditation body. Each laboratory continues to work hard to maintain their accreditation aligned with ISO 15189 with a few of the laboratories expanding their scopes of accreditation to include SARS-CoV-2 testing and other technical areas.
CLSI Global Health Partnerships staff and the mentors would like to congratulate the 23 laboratories in Tanzania that have been recommended for accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 in the past several months. These laboratories are among the laboratories the CLSI mentors started working with in early 2020.
In preparation for assessments by the accrediting body, the CLSI mentors and the Tanzanian mentors trained by CLSI worked together with the staff of the laboratories to develop and implement a quality management system unique to each laboratory.
Last November, during an annual planning meeting, 20 additional laboratories in Tanzania were designated for the accreditation program track with the support of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), CDC, MDH, and CLSI. Together the stakeholders developed a workplan to assist the laboratories in implementing and strengthening their quality management system aligned to the requirements of the ISO 15189:2012 standard.
To start, CLSI mentors traveled to each laboratory for one week to conduct a gap assessment. The mentors shared an action plan with the laboratory and provided some strategies meant to help the laboratory close the identified gaps. The gap assessment was followed by a mentorship that was conducted by the Tanzanian mentor team with remote supervision and technical assistance by the CLSI mentors.
Recently, the CLSI mentors returned for one week at each laboratory to evaluate progress by reviewing the action plan from the gap assessment and providing some additional mentorship and training where gaps persisted. Next, the Tanzanian mentors, supported remotely by the CLSI mentors, will visit each lab again for mentorship. Laboratories have been working hard between the mentor visits to address the gaps identified, and many are on track to submit applications for international accreditation in the upcoming months.
The CLSI GHP team's recent activities in Zimbabwe include: mentoring 55 labs to support quality management system implementation, performing President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) HIV Rapid Testing Continuous Quality Improvement (RT-CQI) baseline assessments at selected clinics, and supporting the facilitation of clinic-laboratory-interface (CLI) activities at health facilities. Our local Zimbabwe mentor team and support staff continue to spearhead these initiatives in close coordination with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), and the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe (MLCSZ).
Earlier this year, CLSI signed a contract with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) located in Harare, Zimbabwe to support continual improvement initiatives and laboratory systems strengthening efforts across Zimbabwe within testing laboratories, specimen referral hubs, and HIV point-of-care testing clinics. Our local Zimbabwe mentorship teams have been working tirelessly to perform laboratory baseline assessments, provide quality management system trainings to key laboratory personnel, build local capacity, and deliver valuable technical mentorship support. The CLSI GHP team is looking forward to sharing news of its work and progress as we continue to implement activities in Zimbabwe in close coordination with BRTI, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, and the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe.
Together with our Zambian colleagues in Ministry of Health, CDC, and CIDRZ LIFE, GHP congratulates the Chest Diseases Laboratory (CDL) in Zambia on its achievement of international accreditation aligned to the ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories and Nchanga North General Hospital Laboratory for its achievement of a successful periodic assessment by the accreditation body. The CDL was a new addition to the mentorship program just last year; with some fine tuning to its quality management system, the lab achieved accreditation this year. Nchanga North General Hospital Laboratory was one of the first laboratories, with the support of the CLSI mentors in Zambia, to become accredited a few years ago. We are very happy for these recent successes, and we congratulate both laboratories!
CLSI is happy to announce that another laboratory in Zambia has been accredited. Together with our Zambian colleagues in the Ministry of Health, CDC, and CIDRZ LIFE, GHP congratulates the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital Laboratory in Zambia on its achievement of international accreditation aligned with the ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories. Over the last several years, CLSI mentors have been working together with the laboratory team to establish and strengthen the laboratory’s quality management system. Congratulations to the laboratory team on this achievement!
Together with our colleagues at the Zambian Ministry of Health, CDC, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia Lab Innovation for Excellence (CIDRZ LIFE), and CLSI's Global Health Partnerships, we congratulate the Ndola Teaching Hospital Laboratory in Zambia on achieving international accreditation aligned with the ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories. CLSI mentors have been working together with Ndola's laboratory team for several years to establish and strengthen the laboratory’s quality management system. The laboratory team has worked very hard, and we are excited for them!
CLSI mentors began the new year by traveling to Tanzania for two workshops. The first workshop covered quality control and method evaluation, and the second workshop covered root cause analysis and corrective action. The workshop participants were from new laboratories that are earmarked for the accreditation track this year.