Quality of laboratories

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Assessing and monitoring the performance of medical and veterinary laboratories

Our service is responsible for assessing and monitoring the quality of medical and veterinary laboratories in Belgium.

We perform the control of medical laboratories for medical biology and anatomical pathology in two ways:

  • by granting a license to medical laboratories that meet the legal requirements, on the one hand and
  • through the external quality assessments, on the other hand.

Veterinary laboratories taking part in official programs for animal disease control are also subject to external quality assessments.

The activities related to the external quality evaluations, from the production of samples to the reporting of results, are carried out under an ISO 17043 accreditation.

In addition, in the context of rare diseases, we map all data for the development of nomenclature codes and future reference laboratories.

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