Global laboratory for the assessment of micronutrient status
As a result of improved technology, and a growing awareness of the importance of micronutrients in health and development, an increasing number of biological indicators (or biomarkers) are being used to assess the vitamin and mineral status of populations, evaluate potential risk factors for health and disease, generate estimates of the global burden of micronutrient malnutrition, and to evaluate the impact of public health interventions.
The Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development is establishing the WHO Global laboratory directory for the assessment of micronutrient status to serve as a directory of laboratories that are capable of assessing biomarkers of micronutrient status for health and nutrition surveys.
The purpose of this directory is to help Member States and their partners identify laboratories measuring biomarkers of vitamin and mineral status at the population level so that they may be able to further evaluate the laboratory for possible participation in their nutrition surveys.
WHO is currently inviting public and private laboratories around the world with previous experience in vitamin and mineral status assessment to register their laboratories in this global directory.
Interested laboratories are being asked to submit general and technical information about the laboratory using the on-line data collection form. This form is targeted towards directors, technical directors, managers, and laboratory technicians responsible for national public health laboratories, public or private laboratories for human diagnostics, hospitals, research centres, academic laboratories, and national reference laboratories involved in the execution of large surveys.
At this time, access is only available to the on-line data collection form. A searchable database of laboratories is currently being developed.