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It's true that I have only done academics and few professional lab internships but I can say the level of our labs here is deplorable.
I would like to see more controls on what is doing in labs and especially a state or private institution to regulate the opening of labs accross the country because there many who does not deserve the title of laboratory.
Dear MBA Fongang,
Thank you very much for your contribution.
Production of quality laboratory data is of utmost importance to guide clinical decisions, to protect the health and safety of clinical trial participants and to provide reliable evidence that can be used for decision making to improve standard care. Unfortunately, it is widely recognized that laboratories in resource-limited settings face many issues, including irregularities in laboratory consistency due to poor quality management; inappropriate laboratory facilities (space, equipment, reagents and consumables); lack of proper staff training, equipment maintenance, well-written standard operating procedures (SOPs) and laboratory capacity; shipping delays for kits and reagents and inadequate data management.
Resource rich countries, laboratories have to operate under several regulations and obtain certifications by passing regular inspections. Profit international accreditation bodies exist, however accreditation is expensive and might not be affordable for laboratories in resource-limited settings. Some non-profit regional initiatives exist in Africa, such as the East African Public Health Laboratory Networking Project and the WHO AFRO framework for improving the quality of public health laboratories in Africa, implemented by the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) in Africa as the Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) programme (which can be used in other laboratories with limited resources worldwide).
However, it is not necessary for a lab to be accredited to achieve quality (high level of consistency, accuracy and reliability in the reported results). To achieve this, a laboratory quality management system is necessary and to comply with good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) standards. The WHO provides GCLP guidelines that can be freely accessed online at http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/documents/gclp-web.pdf.
I agree with you in that governments should create state organisms to regulate laboratories and make sure they comply with GCLP, but this might be difficult when resources are scarce and achieving this might take a long time.
We talk more about this fundamental topic in this guidance article: https://globalhealthlaboratories.tghn.org/articles/laboratory-accreditation/. There we also provide some helpful links for labs in resource limited countries that want to implement quality systems in their laboratories.
A very good example about how is possible to implement GCLP and set up high quality research laboratories in resource-limited settings is The Biotechnology Centre at Yaoundé, Cameroon, you can read more about it here: https://globalhealthtrials.tghn.org/articles/clinical-research-laboratories-trials-global-health-central-africa/ .
We will be posting more laboratory quality-related articles and resources, so remember to keep an eye on the website.
Thanks so much all that,The article on Clinical Research Laboratories for Trials in Global Health in Central Africa is quite interesting.
I also found more on the Biotechnology Centre. I always heart from people that the Centre is the best of the country in terms of quality and research.Just hope I would be able to visit one day.
Dear MBA Fongan,
No problem. Glad you found the article about The Biotechnology Centre at Youndé inspiring. Please keep visiting the website and contributing to the Global Health Laboratories community.
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I would like to be connected with laboratory assessors, need laboratory assessment tools, training materials for laboratory assessors,
Dear carla lam
I have diploma with medical laboratory i learn in e-learn some courses and certified so what it can help me? Thank you