Quality Assurance Training

In Thailand, many public health laboratories lack quality assurance standards to ensure laboratory results. One method for improving laboratory testing is the implementation of External Quality Assurance (EQA) to minimize erroneous test results and improve the health system. Additionally, the ability to assess and detect public health risks with accurate and reliable laboratory results is a requirement of the revised International Health Regulations. 

Functioning as the reference laboratory for human infectious and non-infectious diseases of the Ministry of Public Health and the country, the Thai NIH wants to develop sustainable EQA schemes for molecular testing in laboratories within Thailand and extending to neighboring countries.

With an IANPHI short-term $25,000 (USD) training grant awarded in April 2010, the Thai NIH will learn to develop EQA schemes for molecular testing for human pathogens. Training will be provided by Australia’s National Reference Laboratory, an organization dedicated to promoting quality laboratory testing and assurance services. 

Thai NIH of the Department of Medical Sciences (DMSc) is the national reference laboratory for human infectious and non-infectious diseases of the (MOPH) in Thailand. The Ministry of Public Health has assigned DMSc the national focal organization for strengthening laboratory capacity and increasing the quality of laboratory results. The Ministry of Public Health developed a national strategy is to introduce quality assurance systems in health laboratories in order to increase nation-wide laboratory capacity. 

Expected outcomes of the training include the ability of Thai NIH to implement and provide appropriate and sustainable EQA schemes to laboratories within Thailand and neighboring countries. After the training, Thai technicians will share their knowledge and technical know-how with others as a part of institutional knowledge management. 

Learn more about the Thailand National Institute of Health.