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Table 1 Comparison of focus areas in the NIC terms of reference (ToR), CDC-APHL International Influenza Laboratory Capacity Review Tool, and the WHO Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool

From: Can mentorship improve laboratory quality? A case study from influenza diagnostic laboratories in Southeast Europe

General Conditions for NICs: Terms of Reference CDC-APHL International Influenza Laboratory Capacity Review Tool: Nine modular section WHO Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool: Four modular phases:
Serve as a reference laboratory for influenza in their country
Serve as a technical resource on influenza-related matters for their national authority
Serve as a key point of contact to WHO on issues related to influenza in their country
Adhere to their national and/or international biosafety standards for work with influenza viruses
Adhere to national and international regulations on the transport of dangerous goods (Class/division 6.2)4 when shipping clinical specimens and/or virus isolates
Meet quality requirements of national or international quality standards, as applicable, and participate in external quality assessment programmes (EQAP) provided by WHO to GISRS
Maintain a high level of technical proficiency by participating in training provided by GISRS
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General Laboratory
Specimen Handling, Collection, and Reporting
Virology Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Laboratory Safety and Biosafety
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
Ensuring that the primary process of the laboratory operates correctly and safely
Controlling and assuring quality and creating traceability
Ensuring proper management, leadership and organization
Create continuous improvement and prepare for accreditation