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IVD industry role for quality and accreditation in medical laboratories

IVD industry role for quality and accreditation in medical laboratories,10.1016/S0009-8981(01)00516-2,Clinica Chimica Acta,Jacqueline Bremond,Mario Pl

IVD industry role for quality and accreditation in medical laboratories  
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Manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices and laboratory management have become integral partners in building and improving the quality of laboratory services. There is an increasing awareness that quality is inherent in the design of any reagent or analytical system. In vitro diagnostic medical devices should provide patients, users and third parties with a high level of health protection. Therefore, both manufacturers and users must work in partnership for continual improvement. For manufacturers, standards such as ISO 9000 already exist to guide applications of quality practices. In the field of laboratory medicine, the availability of a specific, universal standard (ISO/DIS 15189) for quality management in medical laboratories will represent a great opportunity for harmonising medical laboratories at an international level. In addition, accreditation of medical laboratories according to the proposed ISO 15189 standard can help develop the relationships between laboratories, and the biological follow-up of travelling patients. Manufacturers are able to help laboratory management to reach a high level of quality, not only by providing high value products, but also on the basis of their own experience of ISO 9000 certification.
Journal: Clinica Chimica Acta - CLIN CHIM ACTA , vol. 309, no. 2, pp. 167-171, 2001
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