Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 08:00 to 09:15

April 2-6

Scaling up laboratory services to meet the diagnostic challenges of drug-resistant and HIV-associated TB requires a paradigm shift in developing laboratory policy development, setting laboratory norms and standards, guiding and coordinating technical assistance, and accelerating knowledge transfer.

In October 2011, the Global Laboratory Initiative, with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published an online implementation guide, "Stepwise Process towards TB Laboratory Accreditation" available at this link: http://www.gliquality.org/, to assist National TB Reference Laboratories (NRLs) meet the requirements for international standards of accreditation.

This week, we invite you in a virtual panel discussion on implementing quality management systems to strengthen laboratory capacity with:
- Christopher Gilpin, Ph.D., MPH, Scientist in TB Diagnostics and Laboratory Strengthening Unit at the WHO and co-moderator of this community
- Thomas M. Shinnick, Ph.D. , Associate Director for Global Laboratory Activities, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC
- Paul Klatser, Ph.D., head of the Biomedical Research department at the KIT

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