Woodlands, GDF labs get Standards Bureau certification

The Woodlands Hospital Pathology Laboratory and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Medical Laboratory were both certified last Wednesday by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) under its Laboratory Certification Programme.

GNBS, in a press statement issued last Friday, said the two labs were certified after they demonstrated conformance with the requirements of the Guyana Standard – General requirements for the operation of a Laboratory.

It noted that through its National Laboratory Certification Programme, the GNBS monitors the operation of laboratories involved in testing, measurement and/or calibration activities to ensure that they are satisfying the criteria for certification and the requirements as outlined in the National Standard.

Laboratories, which conform to the requirements of this standard, it further said, are provided with formal recognition to attest that they have implemented a laboratory management system, thus providing quality and reliable results to customers who identify and select reliable testing or calibration services to meet their needs. GNBS also carries out surveillance visits during the period of certification to ensure that laboratories are maintaining the laboratory management system.

The certification is valid for two years.

According to the statement, GNBS Executive Director Candelle Walcott-Bostwick, who presented the certificates to Woodlands Laboratory Manager Maricea Comacho-Chandrabose and Quarter Master General of the GDF Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Bess, expressed her satisfaction with more laboratories getting onboard the Laboratory Certification Programme by conforming to the requirements of the National Standard. Certification of these laboratories will add value to the delivery of quality health care services in Guyana, it added.

Additionally, it said, Dr. Neville Gobin, Managing Director of the Woodlands Hospital, commended the GNBS for its efficiency in the delivery of its services and expressed gratitude to the Pathologist, the Laboratory Manager and the rest of the team for a job well done, while GDF Laboratory Manager Bonita Richards expressed delight at the laboratory’s certification and thanked the GNBS and the laboratory staff for their support in making it possible.

These newly certified laboratories complement ten certified laboratories that are already operating. The other certified laboratories are the Quest Medical Centre Laboratory, the Eureka Medical Laboratories Inc., the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Laboratory, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Medical Laboratory, Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Laboratory, the Medical Arts Centre Laboratory, the Georgetown Medical Centre Laboratory, the Woodlands Hospital Laboratory, Guyana Rice Development Board Central Laboratory and Kaizen Laboratory.

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