Recent Activities - 2015

September 2015: Myanmar Delegates Visit NRL

From 7 - 11 September 2015, NRL welcomed five delegates from Myanmar to participate in a five day Quality Management Workshop at NRL in Melbourne. This workshop was the last activity under the project “Establishment of Laboratory Quality Systems in Myanmar”, which was supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Delegates from the five laboratories supported under this project participated in an interactive Quality Management Workshop that built upon training conducted previously. The Workshop focused on elements of laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS), implementation of quality processes and understanding accreditation requirements under ISO/IEC 15189. As part of their training, the trainees were asked to conduct an internal audit of NRL’s QMS, which included activities such as designing an internal audit checklist, conducting audit interviews and meetings, and writing an audit report.

On Friday 11th September, the trainees also had the opportunity to visit and tour the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) West Melbourne Processing Centre. The tour provided the trainees with a unique opportunity to observe QMS processes in a blood bank setting, as well as observing the continual improvement processes implemented and practiced by staff at the facility.

NRL would like to thank the Myanmar participants for their enthusiasm and participation during the workshop and the staff at the ARCBS West Melbourne Processing Centre for their hospitality in conducting laboratory tours for the trainees.

NRL would also like to thank and acknowledge DFAT for their support for the duration of the project.

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