This course can be provided at request to groups of 12 to 20 participants and can be organized onsite anywhere in the world.
Tuberculosis laboratories provide the crucial data for evidence based TB diagnosis and surveillance of multi-drug resistance. One of the best methods for effective and efficient strengthening of TB laboratories is the implementation of a quality management system based on the international quality standard ISO 15189. To facilitate this process the GLI Stepwise Process towards TB Laboratory Accreditation (shortly called: the GLI tool) was launched in 2011 as result of a consensus project within USAID’s TB CARE I project. This web-based guidance tool is accessible free-of-charge at www.GLIquality.org and guides TB laboratories on a day-to-day basis with implementation of a quality management system and become accredited to ISO 15189. Implementation of a quality management system according to international standards is deemed as a big challenge by many laboratory professionals. Nevertheless, implementation of this system is the key intervention to improve laboratory performance and create quality assured laboratory services.
Training is the Achilles heel of the laboratory system: without properly trained and confident staff it is almost impossible to provide quality services. This course is designed to:
Although training provides an understanding of the concepts of quality and quality management, implementation of a quality management system on a day-to-day basis is often still perceived as a challenging process. To ensure that participants are able to efficiently implement the quality management system, they will be provided with the practical expertise to use the GLI tool. This tool provides a stepwise plan for day-to-day implementation of a quality management system in the TB laboratory with background information, document templates and other tools are provided.
This training consists of three parts
The course ends with a final assignment in which you will develop a quality year plan and action plans to kick-start implementation of the quality management system in your own laboratory using the GLI tool. In the meantime you will even already start with developing the necessary documents for implementing the quality management system in your own laboratory, such as a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) and an organizational chart.
This course will provide the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills needed to efficiently implement and maintain an ISO 15189 based quality management system and adequately function in a TB laboratory that has such a system in place.
After this course you will be able to:
At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Quality officers, laboratory managers and laboratory technologists who are eager to learn more about quality management and accreditation of TB laboratories are more than welcome to participate.
The course has a duration of 5 days and a workload of 40 hours. This includes training hours and time spent on homework assignments.
The course will be facilitated by two laboratory strengthening experts with extensive experience in adult teaching.