Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A Bill seeking to make all medical testing laboratories register themselves with the Quality Council of India (QCI), will soon be introduced in Parliament, Thuppil Venkatesh, Principal Advisor, QCI, has said.

The Central Laboratories Establishment Bill, to be introduced in the next session of Parliament, once passed, will mandate all testing laboratories to register with the QCI. “Only a handful of labs are accredited. Most others are merely registered under the Shops and Establishments Act. Anyone can start a lab today, with no formal accreditation. This poses a risk to the public at large,” he told the audience at a seminar on quality control in diagnostic labs.

Diagnosis is a crucial step in determining healthcare planning, including medication and it is imperative we give it the attention it deserves, Dr. Venkatesh stressed. “Quality control in diagnostic labs is a critical step in establishing standardised testing procedure for patients. We are committed in our efforts to help diagnostic labs across the country follow world-class practices to ensure the best patient care,” he added.

The seminar was organised by QCI in association with Bio-Rad Laboratories in Chennai on Tuesday.