Joint WHO-CDC Conference on Health Laboratory Quality Systems, 9-11 April 2008, Lyon, France
In April 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) Lyon Office for National Epidemic Preparedness and Response together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA, organized a joint Conference on Health Laboratory Quality Systems. The conference brought together over 200 health professionals from more than 70 countries and included laboratory professionals, senior government officials, academic institutions specialists, and staff from headquarters, regional and in-country offices of both CDC and WHO.
The objectives of the conference were to review and discuss the quality systems suitable for health laboratories; discuss the development of laboratory quality systems within well-organized integrated national laboratory plans; share successful experiences and challenges of countries that have already made steps towards meeting the objectives; and discuss other important issues relevant to the development of quality systems on a national basis.
Outcomes of the meeting included the release of the Joint WHO-CDC statement on laboratory quality systems in the 21st century, published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record.