Asuncion’s needs assessment identified a lack of standardisation of laboratory procedures and policies, particularly in the macro and cyto-pathology areas, as well as a lack of regulations and quality control programmes.
To strengthen the capacity and quality of diagnostics pathology services in Asuncion, increase the effectiveness of pathology laboratory operations, promote standardisation and best practices of procedures, and implement a quality-control and improvement program.
A technical working group was created from public, private and academic institutions to develop the Technical Standard of Procedures and Management of the Laboratories of Anatomic Pathology and Cytotechnology.
The city’s technical working group also participated in multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings to assess the needs, priorities and quality improvements required for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The process was supported by international experts.
The regulatory standard has been shared with 31 local stakeholders from five institutions and submitted to the Ministry of Health.
The project has produced unprecedented outcomes, including the development of standard operating procedures and quality control for pathology laboratories across the country which had not existed before,” says Dr Luis Celias, Chief of Central Anatomopathology lab, Ministry of Health of Paraguay and Project Coordinator of the C/Can Asuncion Pathology Project Team. “A draft regulation to establish and harmonise the minimum quality standards required for all pathology laboratories in the city has also been developed and submitted to Paraguay’s Ministry of Health for endorsement and implementation.