Lab Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance Testing Capacity (LAARC) Toolkit

At a glance

  • The Lab Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance Testing Capacity (LAARC) is a laboratory assessment tool for use in clinical bacteriology laboratories in low- and middle-income countries.
  • It was developed in 2017 and piloted in numerous resource-limited settings.
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The Lab Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance Testing Capacity (LAARC) toolkit helps laboratories identify and correct laboratory practices that contribute to inaccurate antimicrobial resistance (AR) data.

Use LAARC for:

  • Self-assessment of technical deficiencies.
  • Facilitating a standardized external assessment of AR laboratory networks.

LAARC materials

The Excel-based scoring tool:

  • Is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Generates numerical indicators of quality and capacity in fifteen domains of laboratory practice.
  • Provides detailed real-time heatmaps for immediate visualization of problem areas.
  • Flags key responses that require urgent correction.
  • Aids development of workplans for improvement.
  • Can be used to monitor the status of laboratory improvements over time.
  • Allows data to be exported and collated for comparative analysis of multiple laboratories.

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