Regional Laboratory Quality Training
The Regional Laboratory Quality Training coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) was a six-day virtual training held in September 2021. All links for each day of training are available below.
This training session provides an overview of laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS) and describe the 12 Quality System Essentials (QSE) to help satisfy regulatory requirements and expectations, identify quality issues, and create more efficient processes.
This training session details the importance of sample quality and reviews processes for labeling, transporting, accessioning, and tracking samples. It also provides an overview of management of reagents and supplies for optimal performance.
This training session covers the analytical phase including lab tests and equipment. It describes the importance of lab test verification and validation processes, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), quality control (QC) processes for microbiology tests, and equipment maintenance.
This training session covers the post-analytical phase including documents and records, and information management. It reviews the definition, hierarchy, and lifecycles of documents and records. It also covers the key elements and requirements for an effective information management system.
This training session provides an overview of personnel orientation and training, competency assessment, personnel review and development, external/internal assessment, and quality indicators.
This training session reviews non-conforming events (NCEs) processes, root cause analysis and continual improvement processes.