Visit to assess the virological reference laboratory of Ukraine’s Public Health Center

21–23 November 2018, Kyiv, Ukraine

At the request of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, WHO will perform an onsite assessment of the virological reference laboratory of the Public Health Center of Ukraine. The assessment will ascertain whether the laboratory complies with the WHO Terms of Reference for National Influenza Centres (NICs), and whether it can obtain formal recognition by WHO. WHO will also perform the annual laboratory accreditation reviews for poliomyelitis (polio), measles and rubella.

Background

NICs in the WHO European Region serve as a key technical resource and reference point for national authorities in the laboratory surveillance of influenza, and play a key role in surveillance of influenza at the national level.

Through the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), NICs also participate in regional and global surveillance by contributing to the implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework and by participating in the Flu News Europe weekly influenza update, a joint initiative of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and WHO/Europe.

Among other duties, these centres play a vital role in collecting clinical samples and isolating influenza viruses, making it possible for WHO to monitor the influenza season each year and make vaccine recommendations.

The virological reference laboratory of the Public Health Center is a member of the WHO Global Polio Laboratory Network. As such, it undergoes annual assessment to ensure compliance with the WHO polio diagnostic standards and poliovirus containment requirements.

The laboratory is also a member of the WHO Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network. The onsite visit is part of the annual accreditation programme and will review the implementation status of recommendations from the previous visit.