Improving the quality of COVID-19 testing in the Arab region

Improving the quality of COVID-19 testing in the Arab region

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VIENNA, 30 September 2020 – Reliable COVID-19 tests are crucial in the fight against the global pandemic. Now, medical laboratories in the Arab region will better able to deliver accurate COVID-19 test results thanks to an initiative of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Fifty clinical microbiology laboratories from the 17 ARAC member countries are benefitting from the COVID-19 Proficiency Testing Programme. As a result, the labs will not only be able to provide reliable test results but also to meet requirements for alternative performance assessment and assess their entire workflow from nucleic acid extraction, all the way to detection.

The programme is aligned with ARAC and UNIDO’s commitment to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arab region, where the virus continues to threaten the lives and livelihood of millions of people, and where countries rely exceedingly on accurate and timely testing to control and mitigate its negative impact.

According to Rafik Feki, UNIDO’s project manager, “The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a sound quality infrastructure in the Arab region, especially clinical microbiology laboratories. Providing reliable results in laboratories that are testing samples is absolutely crucial to measure the effect of COVID-19 on the population, and this   programme, implemented under the auspices of ARAC with UNIDO’s technical support, will contribute to reaching this objective.”

For more information, contact 

Rafik Feki, UNIDO