CAREC EU – RRN Criteria

Criteria to be met by reference node laboratories (based on WHO HIV Drug Resistance reference lab model)

  1. Complete laboratory infrastructure and equipment to support the testing function(s)
  2. Space (meeting required safety standards)
  3. Equipment
  4. Consistent supply of reagents (inventory control)
  5. Regionally recognised experience and leadership in the specific area
  6. Laboratory experience in the specific area (>3 years, # specimens annually, staff training and competency records)
  7. Experience in provision of training and establishment of collaborations
  8. Administrative and financial sustainability
  9. Laboratory procedures clearly documented and implemented
  10. SOPs, QC, handling of materials and waste, workflow, etc.
  11. Successful performance in EQAS
  12. Letter of agreement from Ministry of Health