The Public Health Laboratories Network (PHLN) of the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention once more highlighted important activities in its annual report. Specifically, with its focus on continuous improvement, the PHLN has expanded the official scope of implementing accreditation in the Central Public Health Laboratory and in the Regional Public Health of Thessaly by ensuring the quality and the reliability of its test results. At present, the PHLN carries out 287 unique tests, of which 61 are accredited. Further, in a difficult economic period for our country, the PHLN covers the costs of the accreditation process of the laboratories through the National Strategic Reference Framework.
During 2013, the PHLN accepted 23,685 samples and performed 78,598 tests. Comparison with the previous year (2012) shows that the samples accepted increased by about 1609 (increase of 7,3%) and the tests by about 1342 (increase of 1,7%).
In 2013, 4764 samples of water for human consumption were accepted, up from in 2012. Tests were also up from 21,123 (2012) to 22,017 (2013). This particular category showed an increase of about 640 samples (increase of 16%) and about 894 tests (increase of 4,23%). In the seawater category, 1870 samples were accepted for tests in 2013, up from 1529 in 2012. Tests also increased to 5853 (2013) from 4405 in 2012. The seawater category samples increased by about 341 (increase of 22%) and by about 1448 tests (increase of 32,87%). In the case of water tested for legionella (detection/enumeration), 4180 samples were accepted in 2013 as against 5071 in 2012. Tests also decreased from 7724 in 2012 to 7140 in 2013. This particular category decreased by about 891 samples (decrease of 17,6%) and about 584 tests (decrease of 7,56%).
S. Baltsiotis, Economist, M.B.A. Total Quality Management Department of Accreditation and Qualitative Sufficiency Public Health Laboratory Network, HCDCP