Posted by Sten Westgard, MS
[caption: SLMTA participants: the books should look familiar to some of you...]
We had the honor of participating (in a small way) in a recent program called SLMTA (Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Through the guidance of Anna M. Murphy MLS(ASCP), participants from over 14 countries were trained in Basic Quality Control and Basic Method Validation. Through the generosity of Roche Diagnostics, each participant was given a copy of Basic QC Practices, 3rd Edition and Basic Method Validation, 3rd Edition. Part of their parting responsibilities were to study these reference works and advocate to their respective Ministries of Health to include and require these skills in laboratory management and accreditation.
Our thanks to Anna Murphy for including our materials in her training, and also to Roche Diagnostics for supporting this important project. Closing the gap in quality between the "developing" and "developed" world isn't easy, and will require the charitable efforts of diagnostic companies.