Nigeria Readying for National Lab Accreditation Effort

Nigeria is taking steps to assure that its laboratories have quality management systems and meet accepted quality standards—through the acclaimed Strengthening Laboratory Management toward Accreditation (SLMTA) process developed by US CDC and WHO. An IANPHI-funded SLMTA Training of Trainers (TOT) program, which began in June 2012, will yield a cadre of two dozen new master trainers primed to support a national roll out of lab accreditation programs in the country.

NIMR aims to improve the quality of laboratory diagnoses and overall health care in Nigeria,  Of the 5,349 diagnostic laboratories operating in Nigeria, only 48% are registered with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, and only two (the NIMR HIV laboratory and Pathcare Nig lt Laboratories) have achieved accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Before the IANPHI support, NIMR had to rely on outside trainers. The new master trainers will serve as a major source of technical expertise for
Nigeria and the region as a whole.

“This will facilitate the accreditation of more laboratories in Nigeria which will certainly improve the quality of laboratory diagnoses and overall health care in Nigeria."

—Dr. Oni Idigbe
Director of Research
National Institute of Medical Research