Membership and terms of reference

Membership

Any organization or institution involved in TB laboratory activities can apply to become a member of ELI by filling out the ELI membership application form and sending it to the ELI Secretariat. Membership of ELI is free of charge, and no fee is paid to members. ELI has a core group, a Chair and Vice-Chair representing the various constituencies involved in TB laboratories. ELI core group members will be selected by a committee following submission of their CV and letter of application. One or two ELI core group meetings will be held annually and coordinated by the Secretariat together with the Chair and Vice-Chair, depending on the availability of funds and the items requiring discussion. In addition, the core group will hold monthly and/or ad-hoc telephone/video conferences. 

Terms of reference

The terms of reference of ELI and its core group members are as follows:

  • assist countries to implement global and regional policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures to strengthen TB laboratory systems, norms and standards for existing and future TB diagnostic tests which are suited to the needs in the WHO European Region;
  • develop a laboratory algorithm adapted to the region including the modern laboratory diagnostic tools;
  • advocate, map resources and coordinate their mobilization to strengthen the TB laboratory systems of the Region;
  • develop consensus guidance on laboratory biosafety and security;
  • identify needs for TB laboratory strengthening in the Region;
  • develop guidance on Quality Assurance (QA) and External QA of laboratory practices including the WHO endorsed molecular assays;
  • develop guidance on sustainable strategies for laboratory maintenance; 
  • provide guidance on laboratory management tools;
  • provide guidance on laboratory accreditation; 
  • transfer technology effectively and share knowledge. 

The ELI Secretariat is hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and operates within the following terms of reference:

  • coordinate ELI;
  • organize ELI meetings; 
  • facilitate communication between ELI members and partners; 
  • share the latest information resources on TB laboratory strengthening with ELI members and others; 
  • promote communication and coordination related to laboratory strengthening in the WHO European Region; 
  • coordinate technical assistance to countries; 
  • monitor and evaluate the progress of the TB laboratory network in the Region; 
  • coordinate activities with GLI and report to it on regional activities and needs; 
  • coordinate activities with ECDC and its European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis; 
  • engage in fundraising and manage ELI funds.