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.

Laboratory Assessment Tool user survey now online!

After 3 years in use, we would now like to review how the tool has been used and learn from users what are its strengths and weaknesses. This survey was created to collect your opinions about the WHO Laboratory Assessment Tool, with the aim of improving it according to your feedback. This review will serve as the basis for a potential revision of the Tool and publication of an improved version