On 17/Feb/2014 / In Medical News
The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria has vowed to clamp down on manufacturers of fake and substandard in-vitro diagnostics, including medical laboratory equipment kits, reagents and consumables.
Already, the MLSCN has articulated what it calls “a comprehensive policy aimed at ensuring that only IVDs-equipment, kits, reagents and consumables that meet international standards” would henceforth be allowed to be manufactured, imported, distributed or used in the country.
A statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the MLSCN’s Head (Corporate Affairs), Ms. Fidelia Ginikanwa, quoted its Registrar/CEO, Prof. Anthony Emeribe, as saying that the clampdown was part of its efforts to improve the quality of health care services in the country.
He said, “To ensure the production of quality results from medical laboratories nationwide, the MLSCN, which regulates medical laboratory services, will ensure that only approved standard IVDs-equipment, kits, reagents and consumables are allowed to be produced, imported, distributed, stocked, marketed and used in Nigeria.”
According to Emeribe, the production, importation and distribution of IVDs are too pivotal to quality diagnosis to be left unregulated.
He said the MLSCN had already commenced sensitisation of relevant stakeholders regarding the new policy.
Towards this end, the MLSCN has just completed an evaluation laboratory in Lagos, for the purpose of clinical validation of IVDs-equipment, kits and reagents, as well as post market evaluation.
It has been scheduled for commissioning in the first week of September by President Goodluck Jonathan, the registrar/CEO said.
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