Dr. Durant, the Project Coordinator for LQMS-SIP at CROSQ, delivered a presentation entitled “Progress in the implementation of the Laboratory Quality Management System Stepwise Improvement Process (LQMS-SIP) Towards Accreditation in the Caribbean”. The objective was to advocate and promote the LQMS-SIP as an important process by which medical laboratories can work towards their ISO 15189 accreditation and also to explain the benefits of the stepwise process for improving quality management systems throughout the region. Medical laboratory services play a critical role in supporting the care of patients at all stages, from diagnosis, identification and monitoring of treatment therefore high quality laboratories are essential.
The LQMS-SIP is a comprehensive framework for strengthening medical and public health laboratory services throughout CARICOM. It is designed to recognize laboratories in the process of quality improvement, assess their progress and recognize milestones towards meeting the requirements of the ISO 15189: 2012 Medical Laboratories - Requirements for Quality and Competence. It is being supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with funding through the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and implemented by CROSQ.