A framework for implementing best laboratory practices for non-integrated point of care tests in low resource settings

Document Type



Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


The method we respond to pandemics is still inadequate for dealing with the point of care testing (POCT) requirements of the next large epidemic. The proposed framework highlights the importance of having defined policies and procedures in place for non-integrated POCT to protect patient safety. In the absence of a pathology laboratory, this paradigm may help in the supply of diagnostic services to low-resource centers. A review of the literature was used to construct this POCT framework for non-integrated and/or unconnected devices. It also sought professional advice from the Chemical Pathology faculty, quality assurance laboratory experts and international POCT experts from the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). Our concept presents a comprehensive integrated and networked approach to POCT with direct and indirect clinical laboratory supervision, particularly for outpatient and inpatient care in low-resource health care settings

Publication (Name of Journal)

The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine