October 2020 Workshop: Laboratory quality control in low and middle income countries
Quality control within laboratories, especially those running clinical trials, is vital to ensure precision and accuracy of the results. Quality control also enables any issues within the processes to be more easily identified and corrected, ensuring reliable and robust data.
This workshop provides an introduction to the different aspects of laboratory quality control, including GCP/GCLP, documentation, laboratory infrastructure, the readiness checklist, auditing and the road to accreditation. This workshop is aimed at laboratory management staff in low and middle income countries.
The workshop was broken down into these topics in two 4-hour sessions over the two days. Teaching will be a combination of presentations and discussions, with breakout sessions, case studies and example documentation.
Introduction to quality control and GCP/GCLP (Day 1 | Session 1)
The presenter, Ken Awuondo is a Senior Biomedical Scientist currently working for The Global Health Network (TGHN) as the African Region Manager. Ken obtained his master’s degree from University of Greenwich, London. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Medical Research organizations in Africa. Ken has also supported various Laboratory research projects as well as participated in the development of Clinical Trial Sites in Africa, under Short-Term Technical Assistance (STTA) program.
The presenter, Fay Swanson is the Laboratory Quality Manager at TASK Laboratory with a background in Medical Technology. She is speaking about the readiness checklist as TASK is in the process of an initial accreditation for ISO15189 and she is part of the team who prepared the lab for the process.
The presenter, Moussa Moise Diagne is a PhD virologist working in the Virology department of Institut Pasteur de Dakar (Senegal, West Africa). His main study fields are in Arbovirus and hemorrhagic fever viruses with a focus on Next Generation Sequencing for pathogen discovery in a One Health approach.
This is the second session of the second day of the workshop that focuses on accreditation. The presenter, Fritz lekunze is a clinical site manager at Wits Health Consortium | Johannesburg, South Africa .