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Core components of infection prevention and control programmes in health care: Assessment tools for IPC programmes
The WHO Infection Control programme has released the document Assessment tools for IPC programmes, a set of tools to help plan, organize and implement infection prevention control programmes. The WHO infection prevention and control (IPC) core components assessment tools are based on the WHO document Core components for infection prevention and control programmes. They correspond to the eight core components of IPC programmes, which are essential in strengthening capacity for the prevention of health-care associated infections and in preparing an effective response to emergencies involving communicable diseases.
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Infectious substances shipping training - a course for shippers: Revised edition
A revised edition of the Infectious substances shipping training - a course for shippers is now available on the IHR web site. The training is available in English, French, Spanish, as well as Portuguese (Brazilian). WHO contributes to the development of United Nations Model Regulations for the transport of infectious substances. These Model Regulations are the basis for international and national regulations addressing transport by air, road, rail, sea. To ensure that this information is available to shippers of infectious substances, WHO has developed a training course. The course is generally given in a classroom setting, and participants have an opportunity to practice package assembly and completion of shipping documentation. The course is divided into modules addressing the classification, documentation, marking, labelling, packaging of infectious substances, and the preparation of shipments requiring the use of dry ice. The material is available to trainers wishing to provide training courses for shippers of infectious substances. Requests to use the course materials should be addressed to email@example.com
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Guidance on regulations for the transport of infectious substances: Spanish version
The Guidance on regulations for the transport of infectious substances 2011-2012 (Applicable as from 1 January 2011) already available in English and French, is now available in Spanish. The document provides information for identifying, classifying, marking, labeling, packaging, documenting and refrigerating infectious substances for transportation and ensuring their safe delivery. It also provides practical guidance to facilitate compliance with applicable international regulations for the transport of infectious substances by all modes of transport, both nationally and internationally, and include the changes that apply from 1 January 2011 and replaces the document issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008 (document WHO/CDS/EPR/2008.10). This publication, however, does not replace national and international transport regulations.
Laboratory quality management system training toolkit: French version
A French version of this toolkit is now available. It aims to train laboratory managers, senior biologists, and technologists in quality management systems as a step towards obtaining international recognition; a step that all countries should take. This training toolkit is intended to provide comprehensive materials that will allow for designing and organizing training workshops for all stakeholders in health laboratory processes, from management, to administration, to bench-work laboratorians. The training toolkit was developed through collaboration between WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).
Handbook for inspection of ships and issuance of ship sanitation certificates: Print version
The print version of this handbook is now available. The handbook is intended to be used as reference material for port health officers, regulators, ship operators and other competent authorities in charge of implementing the IHR (2005) at ports and on ships. The handbook is based on the IHR (2005) provisions regarding ship inspection and issue of SSCs. They provide guidance for preparing and performing the inspection, completing the certificates and applying public health measures within the framework of the IHR (2005).
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