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Clin Biochem. 2009 Mar;42(4-5):259-62. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2008.09.010.

Standardization of pathology laboratories in Pakistan: problems and prospects.

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College of Pathologists Pakistan, 175, Race Course Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


A Total Quality Management System with an internationally recognized accreditation process is the only guarantee of a reliable pathology service. However in a developing country like Pakistan nearly 90% of labs are small and without adequate physical and man power infrastructures. A modified plan may have to be tailored for them. A two tier system has been formulated. Accreditation based on ISO 15189 is to be introduced on voluntary basis. The labs which do not qualify for international standardization would be brought into quality net through a registration process. All such labs will be initiated into a simplified quality management system. Participation in proficiency testing program will be mandatory. They will be provided education and training to become eligible for accreditation. It is hoped that this simplified system will provide an impetus for evolving a workable and comprehensive mechanism through which pathology laboratories in the country will be able to offer better and more reliable services.

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