SLMTA laboratories around the world are aiding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While looking at the responses on the African continent from governments and their health departments, I got to thinking how everything might have been so different in the coming months if SLMTA had never been around. So many nations have laboratories that will be better able to adapt to the pandemic and the amount of strain that it will put on us."
- from a SLMTA master trainer in South Africa

What is SLMTA?

Launched in 2009, Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a structured quality improvement program, teaches laboratory managers how to implement practical quality management systems in resource-limited settings using available resources. With a series of short courses and work-based improvement projects supported by site visits and mentoring, SLMTA is designed to achieve immediate, measurable improvement in laboratories.

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Accomplishment To Date

To date, SLMTA has been implemented in 1368 laboratories in 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and even the Oceania. It has helped 292 laboratories attain accreditation to international standards.

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What do we want to achieve ?

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Goals
Better patient outcomes through sustainable quality laboratory systems and universal access to accurate, reliable, and timely laboratory results for correct diagnosis worldwide.
To transform the laboratory system by strengthening quality management systems aligned to international standards using a continuous quality improvement approach, and by fostering a quality culture based on excellence of services.
To implement the SLMTA/ SLIPTA* program and set laboratories on their path to accreditation as a measure to assure quality diagnosis, disease surveillance and outbreak response.

*SLIPTA - Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation

Latest Updates

SLMTA Symposium 2021

SLMTA Laboratories Accredited to International Standards

Accreditation Lessons Learned


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SLMTA Hero Award

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Dancing with the Stars

SLMTA in Action

Photographs of SLMTAns in action

SLMTA in Print

AJLM's special supplement on SLMTA ‐ evidence of our successes and lessons learned

SLMTA in Motion

Check out the SLMTA music video produced by CDC-Vietnam (featuring David C Murray)

Free Resources for Laboratory Scientists

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Learning Lab for Laboratory Medicine
A cloud-based and free educational program that covers topics spanning across all disciplines of laboratory medicine (~110 advanced courses and >50 courses)
CDC Laboratory Training
Access free laboratory resources through US CDC's Rapid Education and Capacity-building Hub (REACH)
Bio Rad Training
This website provides educational materials for quality control.
PEPFAR Quality Control and Method Validation
This Siemens Healthineers PEPconnect website houses the in-person workshop materials, including lecture videos and job aids, for the Statistical Quality Control and Method Validation training. Development of this course was funded by The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Biological Variation Database
This European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) website provides a database for biological variations.
Resources shown on this website are examples of GCLP Guidelines from The Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (DAIDS), at US National Institutes of Health. These examples should be customized based on the laboratory’s protocol requirements and practices.
Westgard QC
This website provides the tools, technologies and training for healthcare laboratories. Some are free of charge and others at a cost.
Technopath Knowledge Center
This website provides educational materials for quality control.