The weakness of laboratory systems is one of the causes of the lack of control over epidemics faced by most countries.

 

Following recent significant crises (Covid-19, Ebola, Influenza variants, antimicrobial resistance, etc.), retrospective analyses have shown that the weakness of laboratory systems (including appropriate sample transportation) was one of the causes of the lack of control over the epidemic faced by most countries.

 

Implementation of a simple, reliable and cost-effective laboratory network is not an easy task. It requires strong involvement of all laboratory actors, such as human and veterinary laboratories, food and water labs, universities, research institutes, and associated authorities and ministries.

 

The involved parties must have a requisite level of knowledge and expertise in:

  • Strategy development, coordination, regulations, norms and standards, audits and inspections
  • National unified sample transportation system
  • National laboratory programs for quality management and biosafety management, External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes, distribution of reference materials and procedures, national guidelines and documentation
  • National laboratory equipment management plan, including maintenance, validation and calibration
  • Staff training, competency assessment, continuous training/refreshing
  • Maintenance of the laboratory network over time

Workshop Overview

This unique workshop aims to gather human and veterinary laboratory specialists from different countries facing similar problems and challenges. Participants will meet at our Training Hub in Lyon, France, for a productive 5-day working session to gain valuable insights and develop strategic action plans focusing on four critical themes for successful laboratory system implementation:

Coordination & regulations

Reference laboratories

Laboratory management

QMS & EQA

The attendees will receive comprehensive documentation, procedures, and guidelines expediting the implementation process at the country level.

Advantages

Successfully performed for 10+ countries worldwide

International collaboration and networking

Documentation and toolkits for your country

6-month action plan for your laboratory system

Skills You Will Gain

By the end of the 5-day session, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the role and key components of a laboratory system
  • Develop comprehensive laboratory system documentation based on the international expertise relevant to your country
  • Implement an action plan for your laboratory system
  • Identify appropriate funding agencies, opportunities and projects for your country

Workshop Program

Coordination & regulations

Theory: Laboratory coordination, Laboratory funding, Coordination/regulations, Regulations/inspections

Practice: Laboratory coordination, Funding strategies, ToR inspection

Reference laboratories

Theory: Laboratory tiered levels, Reference laboratories, Sample transportation, Laboratory networks

Practice: Reference laboratories and referral system implementation

Laboratory management

Theory & practice: Staff / Training / Equipment / Biosafety management

QMS & EQA

Theory & practice: Quality management; EQA (national and international), National documents, procedures and guidelines

Funding sources and action plan

Theory: Funding agencies, opportunities and projects in the country

Practice: Documentation finalization, 6-month action plan preparation, presentation and discussion

Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided on the spot every day to ensure sustained energy and focus throughout the sessions.

In Other Languages

Workshop at a glance

 

Location: Lyon, France

Duration: 5 days

Sessions:

  • in French:  09–13 September 2024
  • in English:  16–20 September 2024
  • in Russian:  23–27 September 2024

Target audience:

  • Central and peripheral senior laboratory specialists
  • Ministry specialists in charge of national laboratory network management
  • Technical advisors working for funders, NGOs or institutions dealing with Global Health support

Number of participants: 10 to 20

Lunches and coffee breaks included

Price: € 2280 (VAT included)

End of enrolment: 17 June 2024

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Meet the Facilitators

Dr. Antoine Pierson (FR, EN)

Senior laboratory specialist, PharmD. Founder of IQLS

Dr. Abdoulaye Nikièma (FR, EN)

Senior Laboratory and QMS Specialist, PharmD, Msc, Medical Biologist. IQLS Africa CEO

Dr. Arsen Zakaryan (EN, RU)

Senior Laboratory Specialist, DVM, PhD

Zaruhi Davtyan (EN, RU)

Food Safety Senior Laboratory Specialist

About the IQLS Training Hub

Our Training Hub facility is designed to offer multiple training modes, from lectures to project work, discussions, interactive exercises, and laboratory simulations.

Supporting active learning and enabling frequent interaction, it offers the perfect atmosphere for meetings, workshops, training, and seminars.

Conveniently located in Lyon, France, our Training Hub is easily accessible via direct flight from 100+ cities and is only 2 hours by train from Paris.

Laboratory demonstration

materials

Modern equipment

and fast Wi-Fi connection

Extensive library

in paper and electronic formats

Easily accessible with the

Lyon International Airport

Testimonials from previous workshops

Frequently Asked Questions

I need a visa to come to France. What should I do?

Once the workshop is confirmed, we will promptly send you an invitation letter to support your visa application.

To ensure a smooth process, we recommend scheduling an appointment at the embassy, consulate, or visa center in your country at least two months before the session’s starting date.

What payment methods do you accept?

We offer flexible payment options to suit your convenience. Choose from credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer to complete your registration.

How can I get an invoice?

Rest assured, once your payment is confirmed, an invoice will be promptly sent to the email address you provided during registration.

How can I plan my trip to Lyon?

After registration, you will receive an email with all the essential information to help you plan your trip to Lyon.

Should you have any questions or encounter any hiccups along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via the online form or at training@iqls.net.

Will I get a certificate after the workshop?

Absolutely! At the end of the workshop, you will be awarded a printed and electronic certificate in the language of your choice.

I have a special request regarding my participation.

Sure! Feel free to reach out to us via the contact form on this page or send us an email at training@iqls.net. Our dedicated team is ready and eager to assist you!

Workshop in a Nutshell

 

Location: Lyon, France

Duration: 5 days

Sessions:

  • in French:  09–13 September 2024
  • in English:  16–20 September 2024
  • in Russian:  23–27 September 2024

Target audience:

  • Central and peripheral senior laboratory specialists
  • Ministry specialists in charge of national laboratory network management
  • Technical advisors working for funders, NGOs or institutions dealing with Global Health support

Number of participants: 10 to 20

Lunches and coffee breaks included

Price: € 2280 (VAT included)

End of enrolment: 17 June 2024

Any Question? Contact Us!