Leptospirosis Accreditations, Certifications and Terms of Reference
Accreditations and Certifications
The WHO / FAO / OIE Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis, as part of Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services has attained recognition of our Business Management Processes within a number of arenas.
NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) Certification in complying with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:1994.
ISO 9001 endorsement enables Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services to provide analytical scientific and pathology services to government, industry and the public, with the recognition of certification from this international organisation.
NATA-RCPA Accreditation (National Association of Testing Authorities-Royal College of Pathologists Association)
This accreditation scheme assesses pathology laboratories against the standards developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) and involve the assessment of test methodology within the laboratory from specimens of human origin.
The WHO / FAO / OIE Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis is also an RCPA issuing laboratory.
ANQAP (Australian National Quality Assurance Program) Accreditation
Endorsed laboratory for proficiency testing of specimens of an animal origin.
Terms of Reference
- To supply cultures of Leptospira strains and specific antisera upon request to national laboratories or other recognised laboratories working in the field of leptospirosis in their region.
- To assist these other leptospirosis laboratories, wherever possible, in identifying and classifying new strains which have given difficulty, and to render other services such as supplying locally prepared specific antisera.
- If feasible, to accept trainees for limited periods to learn laboratory procedures in leptospirosis.
- To provide laboratory assistance to countries which are setting up diagnostic laboratories; and
- On request, to assist in investigating outbreaks of leptospirosis.