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Performance Evaluation Program: Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

CDC's Training and Laboratory Program Office (TLPO) is implementing a program to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This program is designed to serve as a model for the assessment of emerging laboratory technologies.

The major objectives of the HIV Testing Performance Evaluation Program are 1) to build a database of information that describes the testing practices and the physical and technical characteristics of HIV testing laboratories, 2) to evaluate the quality of HIV testing, 3) to establish an information exchange network, 4) to identify and define problems in HIV testing, and 5) to improve and maintain the quality of HIV testing.

To initiate the program, TLPO is sending an enrollment form to laboratories that participated in CDC's earlier proficiency testing program. However, enrollment in the program is open to all those that perform HIV testing and to manufacturers of HIV testing products. Participation in the program, which is not intended to satisfy regulatory requirements, is voluntary. To request an enrollment form and additional information, interested laboratories and manufacturers may telephone TLPO at (404) 329-1967 or write to Centers for Disease Control, Attention: Ms. Fern Lavinder, Training and Laboratory Program Office, DAMC, 24 Executive Park, E20, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333. Reported by: Div of Assessment and Management Consultation, Training and Laboratory Program Office, CDC.

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