The overall goal of the regional co-ordination component is to improve regional co-ordination and integration of Caribbean laboratories through the establishment of laboratory networks to facilitate sharing of expertise, services and information.
Regional coordination and integration were strengthened through:
- The development of databases on aspects of laboratory information and services. These databases include data on equipment utilized within regional laboratories, a human resource database which was provided to the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists for managing their membership information, and a database of selected laboratories for tracking their progress in implementing their quality management systems
- Provision of support for improving management of information generated by laboratories
- Improved access to and use of regional external quality assessment programmes (EQA)
- Initiating the establishment of a network of regional reference nodes.