Training Program for Laboratory Professionals on EQAS and Proficiency Testing @Chennai

We are glad to announce our Next Training Program for Laboratory Professionals on EQAS and Proficiency Testing in Chennai. 

The session details are as follows:

Date of Training                 :    28th February, 2014

Timings                             :    09.30am – 05.00pm

Trainer                              :    Dr. V. K. Ramadesikan, MD, Biochemistry

Fee Details                        :     Rs. 2250/- (inclusive of tax) per participant

Venue                               :    Andhra Chamber of Commerce

                                              Velagapudi Ramakrishna Building,

                                              New no. 23, Third Cross Street,

                                              P.B.No. 3368, Nandanam,

                                              Chennai – 600 035.

                                              Phone: 24315277 / 78        

Direction to the Venue        :     Near Alpha School

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Download here :

Program Brochure :


Registration Form :

Registration Form – EQAS

For Registrations Contact: 

Padma Sriramakrishnan

Manager – Customer Service 44 24462337 / 24462338
Satish Kumar

Sr Manager – Business Devt


Team Leader – Laboratory Projects


Training Coordinator

training@valueadded.in24462337 / 24462338

Looking forward to have your participation.


- Team Value Added

NABL 112 Revision – Draft Announcement made by NABL Secretariat

Subject: Draft NABL 112 for Comments

This has reference to the announcement from NABL regarding the release of Draft NABL 112 documents for revision requesting comments from Laboratories and Assessors.

We would like to appreciate the efforts taken by NABL to draft a very clear and extensive specific criteria document for the ISO 15189:2012 Standards. All disciplines have been covered extensively in simple language, with a professional touch.

Further to the announcement a meeting was called for in Chennai inviting all Accredited Laboratories, Applicant Laboratories and Laboratories who are in the process of sending application to discuss on the revised document and give their suggestions for NABL Secretariats’ consideration.

The Meeting was held on 5th January 2014 at Andhra Chamber of Commerce and was attended by the following laboratories

Name of the Laboratory Lab ID
Laboratory Services of Frontier Lifeline Hospital M – 0110
MV Hospital for Diabetes M – 0109
Hitech Diagnostic Centre M – 0098
Sri Ramachandra Medical College M – 0101
Sri Nathella Sampathu Chetty Clinical Laboratory M – 0107
Madras Medical Mission M – 0108
Medall M – 0576
Primex Labs M – 0446
Chennai Port Trust Hospital M – 0254
MIOT Hospitals, Chennai M  -0700
ESIC Hospitals, Chennai  
Chettinad Hospitals & Research Institute  
Apollo Hospitals, Chennai  
Diagnostic Services (A unit of VRR Diagnostics)  
Billroth Hospitals, Chennai  
Mehta Hospitals, Chennai  

The meeting was conducted between 10 am to 1 pm and all the participating members discussed on the new draft version of NABL 112 and the following suggestions / comments were given by them which have been compiled below.

NABL feedback on 112

We have submitted the same for NABL’s perusal and would be grateful if NABL could to take in to consideration some of the suggestions given by the participant laboratories and  incorporate the same in the final draft.

ISO 15189 Transition Training at Hyderabad

December 13, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Events, Healthcare, Quality News - ISO Standards 

Value Added Corporate Services provides training on various Laboratory Quality Management Systems to emphasis on Good Laboratory Practices which are followed globally. This training programme provides laboratory professionals with an overview on the concept of Transition to ISO / IEC 15189:2012 Third Edition. This one day interactive and practical foundation course is designed to provide delegates with an understanding of the requirements of ISO 15189:2012 with specific emphasis on those requirements specified in the Clinical Laboratory Accreditation.

Programme Highlights
  • 1 Day program
  • Overview of Laboratory Accreditation
  • Requirements of ISO 15189:2012
  • Quality and Quality Management Concepts
  • Differences between ISO 15189:2012 and 2007 editions
  • Additional requirements of ISO 15189 :2012 over and above those required by ISO 15189:2007
  • Combination of interactive workshops and discussion tutorials
Who should Participate?
  • Laboratory Quality / Technical managers
  • Laboratory Technicians / Supervisors
  • Personnel responsible for Laboratory Management Systems
  • Users of clinical test services
About the Trainer
The training will be delivered by Dr. V. K. Ramadesikan, M.B.B.S, M.D (Biochemistry) with over 2 decades of experience in teaching and clinical laboratory experience in a Medical College & Hospital. He is well versed with Quality Management Systems (ISO, NABL, CAP Accreditations) for Medical Labs and have facilitated around 60 labs to implement ISO 9000, NABL & CAP Accreditations so far in South India.
Programme Details

Course Fee:

  • Course Fee is Rs. 2500/- plus Service Tax @12.36% per participant & includes comprehensive course material, refreshments, lunch and participation certificate.
  • 15% discount on the fee is allowed for more than 2 registrations from the same organization
  • DD should be drawn in favour of Value Added Corporate Services Pvt Ltd payable at Chennai.

Date: Saturday, 21st December, 2013 between 9 am to 5.30 pm


Aditya Park Hotel – A Sarovar Portico Hotel Aditya Trade Centre Ameerpet, Hyderabad – 38 Ph:66788888

Contact us:
  1. Padma Sriramakrishnan,  Manager – Customer Service, +91 44 24462337 / 24462338
  2. Satish Kumar, Sr Manager – Business Development  09840842530
  3. Arun Gornoor, Sr.Executive – Quality Management Services,  08801636202

Chennai Office Address

Value Added Corporate Services Pvt Ltd

“Vanitha”, Old no.3, New no.5, Third Avenue,

Besant Nagar, Chennai – 600 090

Ph: 044-24462337 / 24462338

Hyderabad Office Address

 Value Added Corporate Services Pvt Ltd

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Street No.7, Chikadapally,

Hyderbad -500 020, Andhra Pradesh

Ph: 040- 66620039/ 27611565

Laboratory Management Workshop – Learning 2 Lead

Learning 2 Lead is a 2 day Laboratory Management workshop scheduled to be help on the 21st and 22nd of September 2013 in Mumbai.

The key benefits of this workshop are:

  • Understand the overall process of Laboratory management.
  • Will be able to evaluate where the lab stands & identify areas for improvement
  • Identify areas that needs to be streamlined
  • Enable you to align the service aspect into your system
  • Create an environment of continuous quality improvement
  • Enable you to be ready for accreditation/ certification

The workshop will be best useful for:

  • Lab directors
  • Owners
  • Lab managers
  • Quality and operational in charge

You can download the workshop’s e-brochure here

To register for this workshop, please click here:


Indian health sector needs accreditation for medical laboratories – The Economic Times

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Diagnostics - Labs & Radiology Centres 

Source : The Economic Times – 5 Oct, 2012, 06.41AM IST

In order to put this subject in its right context, let us start with a bit of background on the Indian healthcare system and services.

For meeting the health needs of our population, a comprehensive and sustained approach is required towards developing a strong health infrastructure throughout the country. There is a sharp rise in health awareness in the population, particularly in the middle and upper class.

Creation of corporatised healthcare facilities in the private sector and the advent of health insurance have opened up demand in many areas of healthcare in India. In this scenario, medical laboratories are mushrooming everywhere to support healthcare needs. These laboratories are an integral part of disease diagnosis, treatment, monitoring response to treatment, disease surveillance programmes and clinical research. The test results, therefore, should be reliable, accurate and reproducible. This is only possible if current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP) are in place.

And here is the catch: India does not have mandatory accreditation for medical laboratories. All laboratories are required to only register themselves with the health departments in the respective states! The only accreditation agency that is authorised by the central government is the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories (NABL).

Rough estimates show that there are some one lakh medical diagnostic laboratories in the country. Enquiries reveal that NABL has accredited around 450 medical laboratories (0.45%), with the rest (99.55%) having only registered themselves with the respective state health departments. Some laboratories can only be described as mom-and-pop shops. How many applications from laboratories are pending with NABL and what is India going to do to clear the backlog? That is the question to which we need the answer.

Now a word about the various types of medical laboratories. Broadly, they are Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Pathology, Hematology & Immunohaematology, Microbiology & Serology, Histopathology, Cytopathology, Genetics & Nuclear Medicine (in-vitro only). Laboratory accreditation is important. The concept of laboratory accreditation was developed so that there is third-party certification of the competence of laboratories to perform particular types of testing.

Benefits of accreditation accrue to both laboratories and patients. For laboratories, there is potential increase in business due to enhanced credibility and patient confidence. For patients, they can research and identify the laboratories accredited by NABL from the directory available on the website of NABL and expect reliable laboratory results.
Lab accreditation ensures quality that is absolutely essential in diagnostics. Quality consists of functional quality and technical quality. Ethical practices come under functional quality. We often hear that there is an unholy nexus between laboratories and doctors and that commission is paid to the doctor when a patient is referred to the lab for tests.

It is unfair to generalise, but this aspect must not be overlooked. Technical quality is reflected in the latest lab equipment, processes and the soundness of the technician, pathologist or radiologist, etc.

Let us look at lab errors. Studies in the developed nations reveal that 68% of these are pre-analytical errors. Poor-quality samples affect test results adversely. As they say, “a laboratory test is no better than the specimen and the specimen is no better than the manner in which it is collected.”

Pre-analytical errors occur due to transport-related causes such as improper handling, reasons such as humidity, specimen integrity, exposure to light, and so on. Then there are processing-related causes such as faulty centrifugation, storage, etc. Phlebotomy (collection of blood)-related causes also result in wrong results.

Would you like lab results to show you are diabetic when you are not, or vice versa? Or that a tumour is benign when it is malignant, or vice versa? Certainly not. So, what is the prescription for NABL (department of science and technology) and the ministry of health and family welfare?

Both the arms of the government can work on a graded plan to be implemented by all the states for different levels of work being undertaken by the laboratories – we do not want pathological laboratories to suddenly disappear – this will adversely impact even good laboratories, and professionally-run start-up laboratories may have to wind up because they cannot provide the needed capital to immediately scale up to NABL standards.

NABL is woefully understaffed and depends on personnel from government laboratories and government institutions, who themselves do not have sufficient domain expertise. NABL will additionally have to involve accredited private laboratories to help them undertake the audits and accreditation. Government may like to at least make ISO 9001 mandatory, moving gradually to NABL accreditation by giving timelines in advance.

Active medical jurisprudence and consumer redressal forums are getting involved with a broad range of medical, legal and ethical issues as well as human rights of individuals. Medical labs will be confronted with these issues as well if they don’t gear up for accreditation and consequent improvement in quality services.

(Article by Ramesh Adige - The author is former executive director, Ranbaxy Laboratories)


Essential Standards for Medical Laboratories in India – Program by QCI & NABH in Hyderabad on 15th July 2012

Program Schedule for Quality Control Cum Awareness Program for Private Medical Laboratories

QCI & NABH are jointly conducting an awareness program for lab professionals in Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh along with BIORAD about Essential Standards for Medical Laboratories Program launched by QCI & NABH recently.

Please click on the following link to know more about the program details :

QCI Program on NABH Med Lab Program in Hyderabad – 15 july 2012

Please contact the following representative of QCI @ Trivandrum for more information :

Sujeeth B Nair, State Programme Coordinator .

QCI Med Lab Programme; Kerala

+91.999.530.1034 Mobile


QCI Med Lab Programme

C/O Quality Council of India

A-3,TC :26/2127

Apoos Serene,Tutors Lane



India 695-001



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