Controllab helps laboratories in the routine of Epidemiological Surveillance

Controllab helps laboratories in the routine of Epidemiological Surveillance

Controllab helps laboratories in the routine of Epidemiological Surveillance

In a recent publication, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reinforced the guidelines regarding the need to intensify laboratory and epidemiological surveillance to control the spread of microorganisms.

Epidemiological Surveillance has a key role in the operationalization of a set of actions. In this sense, the Ministry of Health (MH) of Brazil issued, on August 8th, the technical note No. 74/2022-CGLAB/DAEVS/SVS/MS on the increase in the frequency of isolation of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

In this publication, the MH reinforced the guidelines regarding the need to intensify laboratory and epidemiological surveillance, aiming at the early detection of these strains and the performance of antimicrobial susceptibility tests. These guidelines are intended to enable the adoption of measures to control the spread of these microorganisms in the country’s health services.

Issuing reliable reports for the analysis of resistance mechanisms and antimicrobial susceptibility testing is essential for defining the correct treatment of patients.

The analysis of microorganisms includes stages for issuing the reports, which require a rigorous and periodic monitoring of the processes. To help these routines, Controllab provides solutions for laboratory quality control.

Among these solutions, we highlight the Proficiency Testing (PT) and the availability of reference strains, derived from the European culture collection NCTC.

The PT, also known as External Quality Control, helps laboratories in the implementation and monitoring of technical quality, promoting the reliability of routines.

Controllab has the PT and strains for detection of resistance by phenotypic and molecular methods.

These solutions help laboratories to evidence, in audits and inspections, the effectiveness of the procedures and steps involved in the analyses. They also promote the reliability of reports for physicians and patients.

Check out the Epidemiological Surveillance programs made available by Controllab:

Cultures for the Detection of Resistance and Identification of Microorganisms by Phenotypic Methods

Carbapenemase (CARB) detection
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA/ORSA)
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE)
Molecular Programs
Program Resistance genes
Carbapenemase (CARB) detection

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bla OXA-23 – like

bla OXA-48 – like

bla OXA-51 – like

bla OXA-72 – like

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bla VIM – like

Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA/ORSA)

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Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE)

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Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Certified Reference Material Producer

Controllab has been accredited as a Certified Reference Material Producer (MRC) since 2016 by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), under the PMR 0009 number. The assessment of this conformity is carried out according to the requirements established in ABNT NBR standards ISO 17034 and Inmetro, thus ensuring competence for the production of MRCs, according to the Scope of Accreditation.
Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

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Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Calibration Laboratory

In December 2002, the Calibration Laboratory was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE). With this recognition, it became an integral part of the Brazilian network of accredited laboratories, under nº214. Since then, it is periodically evaluated for the maintenance and/or extension of accreditation.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

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Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Proficiency Test Provider

In September 2011, Controllab was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE) as a proficiency test provider, under nº PEP0003. Initially as part of a pilot project by Inmetro, this accreditation was based on ILAC G13: 2007 and included several clinical and hemotherapy tests. In the periodic evaluations of this accreditation, new segments and tests are included and the evaluation is now conducted according to ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17043.

This accreditation attests to Controllab’s technical competence to develop and conduct proficiency tests in accordance with international requirements and enables it to be recognized in other countries, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements signed by Brazil in Mercosur, the Americas and Europe.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).