In vitro diagnostics and laboratory technology

Quality assurance

The maintenance of a quality management system is crucial to a laboratory for providing the correct test results every time.

laboratory technician looking into a microscope
Quality assurance

Important elements of a quality management system include:

  • Documentation
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
  • Quality Control samples
  • External Quality Assessment Scheme
Quality control

Are procedures used in each assay to assure a test run is valid and results are reliable:

  • Kit Controls
  • Quality Control Samples
External quality assessment schemes (EQAS)

Aims to analyse the accuracy of the entire testing process from receipt of sample and testing of sample to reporting of results (also known as proficiency testing)

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Request for Proposals

22 MARCH 2017

The Prequalification Team is publishing a request for proposals for consultancy services relating to - developing and maintaining the Quality Management Systems (QMS) and assuming the responsibility for on-going system maintenance and effectiveness of operations within the Prequalification Team.

The services required by the World Health Organization (WHO) are more fully described in the below attached Terms of Reference and Request for Proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to WHO in writing no later than 5 April 2017 at 17:00 hours Geneva time ("the closing date"), by email at the following address:


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Prequalification Team - Diagnostics
Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies
Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27