The laboratory at the Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital is expected to undergo a survey process for an ISO 15189 certification this week, which will make it the first of the UK Overseas Territories to receive such certification.
The confirmation came from the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Dr. June Samuel who made the statement during the official ceremony that was held to receive the new blood bank equipment from the Rotary Club of Tortola.
According to the United Kingdom Accreditation Standards, “ISO 15189 accreditation underpins confidence in the quality of medical laboratories through a process that verifies their integrity, impartiality and competence.”
These assessments ensure labs meet the relevant requirements including the operation of a quality management system and the ability to demonstrate that specific activities are performed within the criteria set out in the relevant standard.
Dr. Samuel said she is optimistic that the lab will pass the tests and receive the pivotal certification.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Chairman of the BVIHSA Board Ron Potter who said the valuable donation from the Rotary will assist the BVIHSA in fulfilling their mandate of delivering excellent, compassionate and time-centered health care in the BVI.