U.S. CDC Celebrates Laboratory Awarded with International Accreditation at Children’s Hospital #2 in Saigon

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Source: U.S. Embassy in Vietnam

U.S. CDC Celebrates Laboratory Awarded with International Accreditation in Vietnam

HCMC, April 8, 2014- With funding support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), technical guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), and training from FHI360, the microbiology laboratory at the Children’s Hospital #2 in HCMC received an award today certifying the laboratory now operates at a standard recognized internationally. This means patients can be confident that a laboratory with international accreditation will provide high quality testing services that are accurate, reliable, and timely.

The HCMC’s Department of Health awarded the Children’s Hospital #2 laboratory for being the 8th laboratory in Vietnam supported by PEPFAR/U.S. CDC to receive international accreditation, referred to as International Organization for Standardization 15189 (ISO 15189).

“After 14 months of hard work together, we are very proud that our laboratory practices now meet international standards. To achieve this, we changed old working habits, learned new concepts of quality management, and enhanced our monitoring and evaluation. We could not have succeeded without the enthusiasm and dedication of the laboratory team, support from hospital management, and financial and technical support from our partners, U.S. CDC, FHI360 and the Ministry of Health’s Vietnam Administration for Medical Services,” said Dr. Tran Thi Ngoc Anh, head of the microbiology laboratory at the Children’s Hospital #2 in HCMC.

The quality of laboratory test results for patients is a growing health care concern in Vietnam. Inaccurate and delayed test results can have a significant and direct impact on health outcomes and public health. Hence, medical laboratories receiving official international accreditation are major accomplishments for Vietnam in the effort to improve the quality of laboratories. ISO 15189 accreditation is a lengthy process which requires a medical laboratory to meet specific international requirements that ensure quality, such as laboratory services for patients, the collection of patient samples, the accurate interpretation of test results, acceptable turnaround times, and the laboratory’s role in the education and training of health care staff.


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