One of the missions of the Health Technologies for Quality of Care team (THR/HT) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is to cooperate technically with the National Public Health Institutions, regulatory agencies and the public health national laboratories of the Region of the Americas to ensure the continuous improvement of the laboratory services in the clinical diagnosis and epidemiological surveillance; thus contributing to lower morbidity and mortality and optimal patient care in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Technical cooperation in the Laboratory is governed by the mandates of both the World Health Assembly through Resolutions WHA58.29 of 2005, Enhancement of Laboratory Biosafety, WHA59.2 of 2006, International Health Regulations, 2005 and the Governing Bodies of PAHO, summarized in the resolutions EC 124.R13 of 1999, Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Diseases in the Americas and EC 126/18 of 2000, The Public Health in the Americas.
The regional action plan within the framework of the International Health Regulations, 2005, proposes to strengthen the public health laboratories services through:
1) the implementation of a Quality System Management within the national laboratory networks that includes standard operating procedures, the participation in External Quality Assessment Schemes, standards for biosafety and biosecurity, safe shipment of dangerous goods, adequate waste elimination and programs of maintenance;
2) the development of human resources in technical and management issues and technological transfer;
3) the implementation of information systems;
4) the integration of the laboratories into the surveillance system;
5) the preparedness for disaster situations and sanitary emergencies;
6)the promotion of collaborative research projects in public health priority areas and;
The technical documents and reports of PAHO are designed to provide professionals in the member countries with a situational analysis, helping them to identify pertinent strategies, and design and implement interventions, including staff training. In order to maximize the impact of its resources, PAHO also identifies materials produced by other institutions that can assist with local decision-making. This Website, therefore, contains our own technical documents and a number of links that will enable visitors to access the basic tools necessary for meeting the objective in quality that contribute to the safety of the patient, community, personnel, environment and other vulnerable populations.
Official Documents, PAHO or WHO Publications
Resolution WHA58.29, 2005. Enhancement of laboratory biosafety
- WHA59.2 - 2006, Application of the International Health Regulations (2005)
- Resoluciones CE 124.R13 of 1999, and CE 126/18 de 2000,
- La Salud Pública en las Américas (Spanish)
- Health in the Americas 2007. vol 1 - Regional (page 383)
Resolution CP25.10. Regional Policy and Strategy for Ensuring Quality of Health Care, Including Patient Safety. 1 – 5, October, 2007.