Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

Laboratory assessment tool


Publication details

Number of pages: 35
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian
WHO reference number: WHO/HSE/GCR/LYO/2012.2



The Laboratory Assessment Tool offers guidance to assess laboratories and national laboratory systems. The target audience is any stakeholder performing laboratory assessments: national health authorities, multilateral agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), laboratory managers, etc. This document describes a general process for assessing laboratories and provides two questionnaires to help assess national laboratory systems (Annex 1) and individual laboratories (Annex 2). Assessors can use it as such or customize the available materials to meet local requirements or specificities and better fit the assessment context. The questionnaires are provided in PDF format that can easily be printed and as Excel files that enable automatic calculations of module indicators when answering to questions and analysis of data. In Excel format, the questionnaires are already available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian. The language can be easily switched during use.