Press Release

FAO Training on Good Laboratory Practices and Quality Management System including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use and Biosafety and Biosecurity in Lab

09 May 2023

Baghdad April 30 – May 4, 2023

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MoAWR)-KRI, conducted  the Good Laboratory Practices and Quality Management System, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, and Biosafety and Biosecurity in Lab Workshop,  as part of the project activities entitled “Improving Delivery of Animal Health Services and Disease Surveillance in Iraq “funded  by the United States Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The workshop aimed to increase the veterinary laboratories’ capacities and promote the introduction of good laboratory practices and quality management procedures, and to train the lab staff on PPE use, how to protect themselves from exposure to the hazards and pathogenic agent, how to manage the labs based on biosafety and biosecurity standards.

Twenty-seven specialists from the veterinary services in Baghdad, Erbil, Duhok, Nineveh, Anbar, Wasit, Muthanna and Basra, including two from federal Ministry of Health participated to the training. The session was attended by the FAO-Representative in Iraq and officials from relevant ministries.

FAO Representative, Dr. Salah El Hajj Hassan, explained that the successful incorporation of quality management procedures into laboratories requires a dedicated and sustained effort including specific technical and professional training. Proficiency testing is one of the important elements that contribute to preserving the health and safety of livestock while preserving the safety of products of animal origin and preventing transboundary animal diseases, through the reinforcement and establishment of a high quality management system for laboratories for good laboratory practices, biosafety procedures and biosecurity.

The quality Assurance is a key component of any diagnostic laboratory and is now a part of compliance with world organisation for animal health (WOAH) standards. Although initially labour-intensive, once implemented, it provides more of a guarantee that results are reproducible and have optimal accuracy, eventually saving time and resources.

The five days training should contribute to strengthen the quality assurance of veterinary laboratories of the targeted governorates as key component of any diagnostic laboratory to provide and guarantee more results that are accurate.

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