The Better Lab for Better Health initiative headed by WHO
Europe aims at strengthening laboratory systems in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia. One of the activities is the mentoring of laboratories that are
implementing a laboratory quality management system (LQMS) based on ISO15189 using the LQSI tool.
This is done by laboratory experts with experience in implementing such a
system themselves.

After an initial training in September 2015, the first group
of mentors has now started supporting laboratories in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and
Tajikistan, with Malta and other countries following shortly.

Training the mentors – the advanced course

The current training provided the mentors with the
opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from each other. The group also
formulated quality and progress indicators relevant for the laboratories and
the mentoring process.

At the end of the course, mentors were asked to provide a
plan of intended mentoring activities for the coming 2 years. This plan will be
discussed with their respective laboratories and will also provide WHO with the
opportunity to monitor progress towards full implementation of the LQMS.