Quality Management Systems Training
The NAHLN Program Office collaborates with members of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) Accreditation Committee and National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) personnel to develop and deliver a Quality Management System (QMS) Training Program for member NAHLN laboratories. This annual training program, generally held in July or August, provides an interactive class environment that encompasses training on quality system requirements; including document control, complaints, corrective actions, equipment, training, internal audits, and management review. A mock audit workshop also provides the opportunity for participants to apply what they have learned by conducting an audit to recognize non-conformances, analyzing root causes of the non-conformances, and writing corrective actions.
Laboratories around the U.S. and the world are increasingly aware of the need for implementing and maintaining effective quality systems. A readily available source for training on the important concepts and strategies of quality system implementation and management was needed for laboratory staff around the globe.
This on-line course was developed by Washington State University, in conjunction with the NAHLN, and with contributions from multiple NAHLN laboratory Quality Managers. This course provides quality system training to laboratories in their own locations via the Internet or other electronic media. It provides a consistent message for quality system implementation and management that can be used to train not only quality related personnel, but all laboratory staff.
Additional Training Planned This Year
Train the Trainer Program
Through this program, the NAHLN has increased the number of laboratory personnel prepared to respond to a national animal-health emergency and has provided the United States with a cadre of trainers available to teach others when needed. The successful implementation of this program is a significant step for the NAHLN in achieving its goals of sufficient diagnostic capability and capacity to address an animal-health emergency. Trainings are scheduled on a case-by-case basis, based on the training need and regional location. For additional information on this program, please contact the NAHLN Program Office.
Previous training conducted by the NAHLN Program Office
This link provides historical information on various training activities and workshops conducted through the NAHLN Program Office.