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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-163

Quality Assurance In Microbiology - A Guide For Developing Countries



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In any assessment of the quality of microbiological laboratory services within a country, it is necessary to consider and evaluate many factors. This article attempts to describe a comprehensive range of activities that are components of total quality assurance. Some of these activities will not be appropriate to local circumstances and it is essential that each country develop their quality programme according to their individual needs and resources. For those starting on the path leading to improved quality, it can be profoundly discouraging to see the amount of work that needs to be done, often with inadequate resources. Although it may be useful to recognize what should be done in an ideal world, it must be recognized that the ideal may not be realizable in the short term, and perhaps never. This must not discourage laboratory workers and those responsible for the organization of laboratory services from attempting to improve quality. Many of the components of quality assurance are not unduly expensive and significant improvements can be achieved through alterations in the way that work is done and in people’s attitudes. The most significant need is to persuade people to think about quality; once this is achieved, the rest will follow.






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