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Dec 3, 2014

MoH Holds Workshop in Belize City

A workshop to develop a national laboratory policy of medical labs—both private and public institutions—was held today in Belize City. The event brought together stakeholders and partners to create a draft policy to improve standards and procedures from a laboratory perspective. The medical professionals addressed several components including governance, quality management, data management, human resources and equipments. According to Director of the Licensing and Accreditation Unit of the Ministry of Heath, Englebert Emmanuel, the Caribbean Med-Lab Foundation has recommended the implementation of several structures to enhance the standard of the services offered from medical laboratories; today’s workshop is simply a first step into the right direction.


Englebert Emmanuel, Director, Licensing & Accreditation Unit, Ministry of Health

“Belize had been performing quite well in terms of its response and like any other country, there are limitations so I would not be able to state clearly we are ranked number one or number two in terms of standard. But like any Caribbean country, the objective is to start the process so that we can get there.”


Duane Moody

“Talk to us about some of the challenges, I know you were alluding to that just now.”


Englebert Emmanuel

Englebert Emmanuel

“In terms of challenges, there’s several as I presented that we need to look at when developing the national lab framework and again that has to do with the standards for the equipment; we are looking at the type of services that we offer. We look at our human resource and the way we deal with our data and also to ensure that we adopt the international standards. Certainly if you go to our Central Medical Lab, you would see a lot of guidelines and manuals there that is in comparison with international standard, but again the monitoring is important. Thus this reason for us to be here; to ensure that we develop an integrated approach, to ensure that labs across the country—public and private—will be able to provide the type of care in accordance to international standards.


While the process will take some time and warrants the involvement of different stakeholders, it is expected that the policy be ready for implementation in two years.

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