QMS Tools and Resources
Public health and clinical laboratories require a foundation of quality to ensure fidelity in the total testing process. Laboratory operations need to be reliable, tests need to be as accurate as possible, and test results must be promptly delivered. Failures at any step within these systems could result in consequences for patient and population health. Find tools and resources on this page to build a new Quality Management System (QMS) or enhance an existing one.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) describe a QMS as “coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to quality.” A QMS investigates the entire laboratory system, and many accreditation programs now require clinical laboratories to develop and follow QMS for their NGS-based tests.
CDC and APHL adopted the CLSI 12 QSEs as building blocks for developing a QMS for clinical and public health laboratories performing NGS-based tests.
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