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US embassy congratulates public lab for ISO

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
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US embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Newbill yesterday congratulated the National Institute of Public Health’s laboratory for receiving the ISO 15189 Plus accreditation, which is a certificate given to laboratories able to prove they are capable of meeting international standards.

In a statement, Mr Newbill said the laboratory has become the first in the Kingdom to receive the ISO accreditation.

“Today, we recognise Cambodia and the Cambodian Ministry of Health for another remarkable achievement,” he said. “The National Institute of Public Health’s laboratory is the first laboratory in Cambodia to be certified by the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare for achieving ISO 15189 Plus accreditation.”

“Few laboratories globally are able to achieve such a high standard,” Mr Newbill added. “I hope it will help Cambodia to save lives by enabling clinicians to base their treatment on timely and accurate diagnoses.”

“Today’s achievement is one part of the Ministry of Health’s goal of improving the quality of public and private laboratory services nationwide to ensure timely and accurate results for patient care and outbreak response,” he said. “The National Institute of Public Health laboratory is working to raise standards at labs across the country. They are providing laboratory quality management and good laboratory practices training to 23 laboratories currently, with more to be enrolled in the future.”

NIPH director Chea Chhorvann yesterday said the institute’s laboratory has been providing quality service to customers by detecting diseases such as influenza, acute respiratory tract infection and others.

Mr Chhorvann said the NIPH wants the accreditation to serve as an example for other laboratories in the Kingdom.

“The National Institute of Public Health Laboratory will take this experience to reform the laboratory quality management system in order to effectively promote laboratory services in the Kingdom,” he said.

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng yesterday congratulated the NIPH for receiving the accreditation, adding that since 2011, the institute has worked with public health centres and referral hospitals to increase the capacity of local directors.

“On behalf of the ministry, I praise the efforts of all those in the National Public Health Institute, especially laboratory officials,” Mr Bun Heng said. “The achievement reflects commitment and cooperation.”

He added that the NPHIL should continue serving as an example for laboratories across the Kingdom.

“I strongly believe that the National Public Health Institute will use its experiences […] as a model for strengthening and expanding training programmes for the whole nation,” Mr Bun Heng said. “Please continue to promote quality of services so that patients trust us.”

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