Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Laboratory network

The goal of the laboratory network is to strengthen the performance of laboratories in support of immunization programmes

Global laboratory networks
  • measles and rubella
  • poliomyelitis
  • yellow fever
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • rotavirus
  • invasive Bacterial Vaccine Preventable Diseases (IB-VPD)
Mechanisms for strengthening laboratory networks
  • improved quality assurance through accreditation & proficiency testing programmes implementation of validated, standard laboratory procedures
  • provision of training for laboratory personnel
  • provision of supplies and equipment
  • linking of laboratory data and activities to surveillance
  • promotion of national self-sufficiency and sustainability of laboratory services


Last reviewed: 26 February 2018