The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Central Laboratory (CCL), successfully held it’s second Annual Open Day on Friday 8th November 2019 at the Kalingalinga Clinic grounds.
The Laboratory has over the years provided quality laboratory services founded on robust quality management systems and state of the art laboratory equipment. The lab collaborates with different working groups consisting of research, programmes and clinical care that have led to acknowledgement and recognition at both national and international levels.
With these positive strides and continuous improvements in the quality of laboratory services CCL offers, the laboratory was awarded accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 and became the first medical laboratory in Zambia to be accredited by Southern Africa Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS).
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard – 15189, provides specific requirements for the competence and quality of a laboratory to carry-out tests, including sampling. It covers testing performed using laboratory developed methods and both standard and non-standard methods. This international standard is currently the most sought after for quality standard for medical laboratories worldwide.
The Central Laboratory was awarded accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 in the field of Hematology, Serology and Virology in July 2018. This external review is based on international standard certified internal quality management and documentation system and has strengthened the laboratory’s resolve to be a competent, reliable leader in both research and diagnostics services in Zambia.
On the day of the second annual open event, different stakeholders and the public were treated to hourly tours to experience quality processes behind the scenes and the technical aspect of CCL being an internationally accredited laboratory.
Stakeholders also had an opportunity to see how CCL’s comprehensive range of tests are performed using state-of-the-art analysers, and viewed the lab’s broad test menu, and highly competent staff in action implementing Quality Management System to meet the lab’s testing turnaround times.