The new coronavirus and the contribution of the quality of your laboratory in this scenario

The last few months have shown a turbulent world scenario due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. Adding companies to the challenge of protecting their employees – in some cases away from the work environment – without compromising credibility and quality of service.

In laboratories, managers of various institutions face this challenge in view of the important contribution of correct and accurate diagnosis to fast and efficient decisions. Parallel to the pandemic scenario, chronic diseases require assertive control to avoid aggravations resulting from Covid-19. Other diseases that affect the population also need an adequate and quality diagnosis and follow-up.

The situation requires well-managed processes for the sake of patient safety, even with all efforts directed at Covid-19. Laboratory quality control management must act comprehensively to support clinical staff with reliable information, so that these physicians can provide current care.

Reducing or adapting equipment to adapt to the pandemic scenario cannot affect the quality and reputation of the laboratory, which must be protected in this introductory period from various disruptive factors in exchange for diagnostic evidence. One of the main channels to help laboratories stay sustainable is quality control, which is essential to reduce errors in the analytical phase of the laboratory process and repetition costs.

It is worth mentioning that if the patient has any disease and it is not detected, they will not receive the appropriate treatment. On the other hand, if the patient is diagnosed with false positives, he can use valuable resources from the currently overloaded health system. Add the other inconveniences due to the psychological factor, family concern, etc.

In this globalized exchange of information, in which the welfare and attention of the citizen are the most relevant topics in the news, the laboratories that remain committed to the credibility and quality of their reports will provide concrete evidence to the doctors and patients of their performance, as one of the fundamental pillars to support the diagnosis.

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By establishing this relationship of trust, the laboratory can continue to be relevant during and after the pandemic scenario. Quality control is essential as a laboratory ally to overcome the challenges resulting from the current scenario.

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PRM 0009

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.

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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 - Control Laboratory

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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).