National Guidelines on External Quality Assessment for AFB Smear Microscopy, Xpert MTB/RIF Assay, Line Probe Assay, Culture and Drug Susceptibility Testing

The NTBLCP is committed to the WHO Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) accreditation process for competency aimed at developing and improving laboratory services to attain quality for established national and International standards. As at early, 2014 the two National TB Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and three other TB Reference laboratories had commenced the WHO SLIPTA programme and are at various levels of accreditation. Based on the NSP for NTBLCP 2015- 2020, there are plans for enrolment to achieve accreditation process for other TB Reference laboratories.