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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WHO launches laboratory test costing tool

WHO has launched a tool to calculate the cost of a single laboratory test and help evaluate the laboratory’s annual testing costs. The laboratory test costing tool takes into account a large number of factors, such as the price of reagents, the frequency of testing, the investment and maintenance charges for the equipment, and personnel and facility costs.

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 Quality Management System

Mentoring for quality systems implementation

2016 in review

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