Earlier this year we reported about our assistance to the National Laboratory Working Group of Pakistan to develop National Laboratory Quality Standards. This week another workshop is organized with the National Laboratory Working Group (NLWG) of Pakistan to take the next steps towards finalization of these standards.

Pakistan is a country with numerous clinical laboratories, of which more than 70% are part of the private sector. Although several provinces are planning to implement a licensing system, the quality of services provided by most laboratories is unknown.

Through development of National Laboratory Quality Standards, the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO-EMRO) and the WHO Country Office of Pakistan aim to strengthen laboratories and the laboratory system of Pakistan.

To optimally meet the needs of the laboratories in Pakistan, the National Laboratory Quality Standard of Pakistan will be tiered, allowing for a phased approach to laboratory quality strengthening.

DATOS has also assisted Pakistan through WHO-EMRO with developing a National Laboratory Policy and Strategic Plan, thus aiming at overall laboratory system improvement.

For more information contact us directly at contact(at)datos-advice.nl.