Nigeria: Medical Council Awards Three Labs ISO Certification
The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has awarded three laboratories in the country the International Standard Organisation (ISO) accreditation certificates for complying with international standards of services.
The laboratories are 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital Laboratory, Clina Lancet Laboratories and El-lab Laboratories all located in Lagos. The certificates are for their conformity to the requirements of ISO 15189: 2012 quality management system standard, which is an internationally acceptable standards requirement. Presenting the certificates to the recipients in Abuja, acting registrar of the council, Mr Tosan Erhabor, said the three facilities had put in tremendous amount of work and aligned themselves with the vision of the quality management system (QMS). He said: “By granting them the mark of quality, the council is putting its reputation on the line and affirming that their processes and procedures are in line with global best practices. Therefore, as the facilities bask in the euphoria of the feat that they have achieved, we urge them to always remember that getting to the top is one thing but remaining there takes a lot of hard work and determination, discipline and diligence. “Therefore, your professional conduct must be patient-centred, while the results from the facilities must remain unequivocal, accurate and reliable,” he said. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole stated that healthcare delivery was incomplete without medical laboratory services and medical laboratory scientists. Represented by Dr Wapada Balami, Director Hospital Services, Adewole said with the accreditation, testing of samples would be done in the country rather than taking them outside.