Laboratory services

Well-managed, high-functioning laboratory services play a crucial role in public health. WHO/Europe coordinates laboratory networks and works with WHO collaborating centres to support the surveillance and control of targeted diseases such as polio, measles, rubella, influenza and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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First laboratory strategic plan development meeting held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The first workshop on the development of the national laboratory strategic plan for Uzbekistan was held in Samarkand on 1–3 August 2016.

Better Labs for Better Health

Through the Better Labs for Better Health (BLBH) initiative and in line with WHO’s global vision, WHO/Europe assists countries to improve the overall quality of their laboratory services.

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Concept note

Health laboratory strengthening: an essential component of early warning surveillance and response systems and a national core capacity of the IHR.

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Laboratory networks and outbreak response

WHO/Europe coordinates activities related to emerging viral pathogens through the global Especially Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN). It also establishes ad hoc networks when needed.

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Biorisk management

WHO/Europe supports biosafety and biosecurity in the Region by providing training. WHO has developed several tools and training courses in biosafety and biosecurity.

Tools and training courses in biosafety and biosecurity