Laboratory policy: a guide to development and implementation

More than ever, the past year has shown the need for effective testing capacities and related laboratory infrastructure. Today, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Network on Quality Infrastructure (INetQI) have launched a guidance document, Laboratory Policy: A guide to development and implementation that promotes good governance in laboratory infrastructure development to help ensure the efficiency, resilience and sustainability of the entire Quality Infrastructure system.

To celebrate the publication of this document, UNIDO invited stakeholders and partners to participate in a high-level panel discussion to address the need to establish a sustainable, fit-for-purpose and efficient laboratory capability that embodies international best practices. High-level speakers from the World Trade Organization, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), and the International Organization for Standardization, as well as representatives from Colombia and Namibia, shared their experiences and views on the need for sustainable laboratory infrastructure development and how this document will assist decision- makers in constructing a laboratory policy based on good practices.

During the event, speakers highlighted that laboratories are at the core of health care excellence, industrial transformation and sustainable development, and that people, technology and data are key to make the system work effectively.

This guidance document is a spin-off and further complements the existing suite of Quality Policy guidance developed by UNIDO: Quality Policy Guiding Principles, Technical Guide and Practical Tool.