APH 1997, 55, 289-297:
screeningtests: vigilanceprogramma in BelgiŽ.
Keywords: HIV screening, quality assurance, vigilance
|There isn't any specific regulation in Belgium
concerning reagens for laboratory
diagnostics. Bloodtransfusion centres insist on more legal security of choices to be made
concerning used screeningtests for H.I.V. This is the reason why the College of Reference
Laboratories for AIDS, the Scientific Institute of Public Health (I.P.H.) and the FIDIAG
(Fabrikanten en Invoerders van Diagnostica, diagnostic test distributors) have commonly
established a voluntary surveillance programme.
The programme is based on the following criteria:
- a document with standardised information for every screeningkit;
- a kit fullfils essential basic criterias and is accepted by an official body in at least one
- a follow-up of the results obtained with screeningkits by the AIDS Reference Laboratories;
- a promotion of the use of efficient internal control quality programmes in laboratories.
Based on the two first criteria, a list of screeningkits of H.I.V., used by AIDS Reference Laboratories, is made and is dissemined at regular intervals.
A procedure has been developed to quickly offer information to concerned people on shortcomings of H.I.V. screeningkits observed in Belgium or in Europe.
The surveillance procedure already showed its efficiency and could be considered as an example for other critical laboratory tests.