HIV lab at PGI becomes first in region to be granted national accredition
NABL is a central agency which has laid down certain guidelines (known as NABL 15189:2007) based on international standards of laboratory set-up and functioning and grants accreditation (certification) following a very stringent criteria of assessment made by independent NABL certified assessors.
The PGI HIV laboratory is not only the first in Chandigarh but also in the whole of north India beyond New Delhi in a government setup to get NABL accreditation.
The laboratory boasts of giving HIV diagnostic and disease monitoring (CD4 count and viral load) services as per international standards and the report generated from this laboratory will be acceptable in any country around the world following such standards. Since the services are fully sponsored by NACO (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India), the HIV testing and CD4 count are offered free of cost in this laboratory to the patients inflicted with this disease. Dr Sunil Arora, Professor and In charge of this laboratory insists that anybody desiring to know his/her HIV status should avail these services in ICTC, PGI, Chandigarh.
The NABL assessment involves the functioning of the index laboratory related to all aspects including competency and training of authorized signatory and technical staff, functional status and calibration of all instruments, up-to-date documentation of all
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