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Publication : Malaria journal

WHO malaria nucleic acid amplification test external quality assessment scheme: results of distribution programmes one to three

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Malaria journal - 30 Mar 2020

Cunningham JA, Thomson RM, Murphy SC, de la Paz Ade M, Ding XC, Incardona S, Legrand E, Lucchi NW, Menard D, Nsobya SL, Saez AC, Chiodini PL, Shrivastava J

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 32228615

Malar. J. 2020 Mar;19(1):129

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends parasite-based diagnosis of malaria. In recent years, there has been surge in the use of various kinds of nucleic-acid amplification based tests (NAATs) for detection and identification of Plasmodium spp. to support clinical care in high-resource settings and clinical and epidemiological research worldwide. However, these tests are not without challenges, including lack (or limited use) of standards and lack of reproducibility, due in part to variation in protocols amongst laboratories. Therefore, there is a need for rigorous quality control, including a robust external quality assessment (EQA) scheme targeted towards malaria NAATs. To this effect, the WHO Global Malaria Programme worked with the UK National External Quality Assessment Scheme (UK NEQAS) Parasitology and with technical experts to launch a global NAAT EQA scheme in January 2017.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32228615