The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) recertified the Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Laboratory under its Laboratory Certification Programme after the laboratory continued to meet the requirements of the Guyana Standard (GYS 170) – General requirements for the operation of a Laboratory.
This recertification became effective on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Outgoing Executive Director of the GNBS Ms. Evadnie Enniss, presented the certificate to Dr. Madhu Singh, Laboratory Director.
In addressing the staff members of the laboratory at the simple presentation ceremony, Ms. Enniss encouraged the staff to continue to do what is required to maintain standardization within the Laboratory through Certification.
Ms. Enniss also encouraged the management of the laboratory to commence working towards Accreditation to the ISO 15189 Standard which is recognized internationally.
Through its National Laboratory Certification programme, the GNBS determines whether laboratories involved in testing, measurement and/ or calibration activities are satisfying the criteria outlined in the National Standard.
Laboratories which conform to the requirements of this standard are provided with formal recognition that they have implemented a laboratory management system, thus providing quality assurance for customers as they identify and select reliable testing or calibration services to meet their needs. The GNBS also carries out surveillance and monitoring activities during the period of certification to ensure that laboratories are maintaining the system.
The recertification of the Dr. Balwant Singh’s Medical Laboratory has kept it among the group of certified medical laboratories in Guyana which includes Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Medical Laboratory, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Laboratory, Eureka Medical Laboratories Inc., Medical Arts Centre Laboratory, Georgetown Medical Centre, Quest Medical Centre Laboratory and Woodlands Hospital Laboratory.