The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) recertified the Quest Medical Centre Laboratory under its Laboratory Certification Programme after the laboratory continued to meet the requirements of the Guyana Standard – General requirements for the operation of a Laboratory. On Tuesday, November 15, 2017, the renewal certificate, which is valid for two years, was presented by Ms. Tashi Browne, Technical Officer II of the GNBS to Ms. Kulwantie Deochand, Laboratory Manager.
In addressing those gathered to witness the presentation of the certificate, Ms. Browne expressed satisfaction that Quest Laboratory continued to conform to the requirements of the National Standard. The Laboratory Manager thanked the GNBS for its support, even as she committed the Laboratory’s efforts to maintaining quality and continual improvement.
Through its National Laboratory Certification Programme, the GNBS determines whether laboratories involved in testing, measurement and or calibration activities are satisfying the criteria outlined in the National Standard.
Laboratories which conform to the requirements of this standard are provided with formal recognition that they have implemented a laboratory management system, thus providing quality assurance to customers as they identify and select reliable testing or calibration services to meet their needs. GNBS also carries out surveillance and monitoring activities during the period of certification to ensure that laboratories are maintaining the system.
The recertification of Quest Medical Centre Laboratory has kept it among the group of certified medical laboratories in Guyana, which includes Eureka Medical Laboratories Inc., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Laboratory, GPHC Medical Laboratories, Dr. Balwant Singh Hospital Laboratory, Medical Arts Centre Laboratory, Georgetown Medical Centre and Woodlands Hospital Laboratory. Uncertified laboratories that are interested in becoming certified are urged to make that first step of approaching the GNBS.