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The Laboratory Services and Networks Department contributes to improving the health status of Caribbean people by working with and advancing the capability of CARPHA Member States in laboratory technology and related public health disciplines through the state-of-the-art validated laboratory provision of methods, technical cooperation, service, advice, expertise, training, technology transfer and research.

Quality Policy

CARPHA laboratory is committed to providing accurate and reliable services for surveillance and control of disease in CARPHA Member Countries. This is accomplished through ensuring compliance with the quality policy of the organization, rigorous training of all personnel, strict adherence to protocols defined in standard operating procedures, timely review of the Quality Management System and implementation of those changes that will improve and enhance performance.

Core Functions
Laboratory Technician
  • Reference and referral for specialized and diagnostic testing, and Laboratory Network Co-ordination
  • Reference material resource
  • Communicable disease prevention, control, and surveillance
  • Monitoring, alert and outbreak response for communicable diseases
  • Scientific advice
  • Laboratory improvement and regulation (Quality Assurance), and Public health policy development
  • Integrated communicable disease data management
  • Public health-related research
  • Training and education of public health professionals
  • Partnerships and communication
Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Services

We serve as the Caribbean Reference Laboratory in the disciplines of Medical Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology and Entomology. These operational areas which provide direct support for surveillance and disease prevention and control activities are supported by a laboratory management system which includes key aspects of quality assurance, laboratory safety and information systems.

Program Areas
Laboratory Technician

2013 Activities at a Glance

  • Processed 5315 test requests (2/3 primary diagnostic, 1/3 confirmation and reference) and integrated into the Regional Surveillance System
  • Five alerts for outbreaks that required a response from the Laboratory and the provision of technical assistance to CMS Laboratories (cholera, TB, AGE, chikungunya)
  • Need assessments and capacity building for biorisk management in 5 CMS
  • Eight missions for in-country laboratory need assessments and technical assistance in vaccine preventable diseases, vector borne diseases, HIV and quality management systems