Information sheet – 3/2016
STRENGTHENING VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC CAPACITIES: THE FAO LABORATORY MAPPING TOOL
The ABILITY of DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES to detect and characterize infectious agents, and therefore to support the prevention and management of health threats, is frequently constrained by lack of skilled personnel, accurate and consistent laboratory methods and quick data exchange systems.
Deficiencies in the capacities and capabilities of laboratories may lead to inadequate responses to disease emergencies at the animal–human interface.
To address these gaps, FAO, in 2010, developed the Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT) to aid laboratory assessment, and in particular to assess the functionality and capacities of veterinary laboratories.
The semi-quantitative assessment of laboratory functionality and capacities is conducted via a detailed and standardized questionnaire which can be applied by an external assessor or via self-assessment. A laboratory profile or “map” will be generated by the tool based on automatic calculations of the determined scores.
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