4th mentoring visit to National Influenza Centre in St Petersburg under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative

WHO/Andrey Komissarov

24–28 October 2016, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Following the mentoring visits in November 2015, March 2016 and July 2016, a fourth visit to the National Influenza Centre (NIC) in St Petersburg at the Research Institute of Influenza of the Ministry of Health will be conducted to review progress and to further develop the Quality Management Systems (QMS) Action Plan towards ISO accreditation. During the third visit, a 3-day WHO Biorisk Management training course was held in parallel with a review of the QMS Action Plan. Mentors also spent time with the Pre-clinical Studies Group, which has an established QMS. Both this group and the NIC agreed that they should work together in the future.

The aim of the fourth visit is to follow up on the implementation of the QMS Action Plan and to hold some workshops to assist the staff to complete some of the agreed actions. Areas that will be covered include the development of a training competency framework, equipment management and facilitation of a closer working relationship with the Pre-clinical Studies Group.

This activity is undertaken as part of the Better Labs for Better Health initiative and is supported by funds received through the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution.