Developing a customized approach for strengthening tuberculosis laboratory quality management systems toward accreditation

Published in early 2017, this paper by Albert et al. discusses the development process of an accreditation program — the Strengthening Tuberculosis Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation or TB SLMTA — dedicated to better implementation of quality management systems (QMS) in tuberculosis laboratories around the world. The authors discuss the development of the curriculum, accreditation tools, and roll-out across 10 countries and 37 laboratories. They conclude that the training and mentoring program is increasingly vital for tuberculosis labs, “building a foundation toward further quality improvement toward achieving accreditation … on the African continent and beyond.”

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