IFBLS

Updated:Tue, 02 May 2017

Collaboration Project Guidelines

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A Collaboration Project is a partnership between two or more countries committed to improving medical laboratory services in less developed countries. A Collaboration Project is voluntary, involving professional associations, educational institutes or biomedical laboratories in the countries concerned. 
A Collaboration Project’s main objective is to improve the medical laboratory services in developing countries, by focusing on issues such as quality assurance, education of laboratory personnel, development of professional standards etc.

A Collaboration Project is:

  • a partnership with responsibilities designated to each partner
  • a collaboration between equal partners
  • defined by a Project Scheme designed in collaboration with the partners involved

A Collaboration Project is NOT:

  • a cash donation to an individual, group, professional organization etc.
  • an all expenses paid trip to IFBLS Congress
  • a paid membership in IFBLS

Partners

Partner Country #1
Member or non-member of IFBLS which wishes to receive services in the form of relevant assistance

  • Responsible for identifying specific needs to IFBLS and Partner Country 2.
  • Work with individuals, groups etc. within own country to set specific needs.
  • Work with IFBLS and Partner Country 2 to participate and complete work relating to the Project Scheme.

Partner Country #2 
Member or non-member of IFBLS who wishes to provide services in the form of relevant assistance

  • Responsible for providing actual assistance to Partner Country 1.
  • Work with IFBLS and other Partner Country 1 to participate and complete work relating to the Project Scheme.

The role of IFBLS will be:

  • to establish contacts between Partner Countries (member or non-member of IFBLS)
  • to facilitate the negotiations between the Partner Countries in creating a project scheme
  • to help to identify specific needs and to define the contents and expected outcomes of the Collaboration Projects
  • to check their relevance to the overall IFBLS mission statements
  • to receive reports and articles for BLSI regarding the accomplishments of the collaboration
  • to coordinate a network of collaborating countries.

Areas of collaboration:

Professional organization (not Union)

Assistance could be provided in the following areas:

  • Formalize a professional organization ,organization, if none existing
  • Develop structure of organization e.g. bylaws etc.
  • Provide continuing education programmes for members of organization
  • Public relations within country e.g. government, allied health care groups etc.
  • Development of a newsletter
  • Increasing the membership base

Professional development

Assistance could be provided in the following areas:

  • Develop the training programme for laboratory personnel
  • Establish certification of training e.g. national exams examinations
  • Exchange trainers
  • Exchange trainees
  • Provide educational materials
  • Provide continuing education for laboratory personnel

Development of Good Laboratory Practice

Assistance could be provided in the following areas:

  • Provide appropriate laboratory equipment
  • Develop Quality Assurance Systems
  • Work on Safety issues
  • Work on Environmental issues

Project Scheme

After identification of needs, contacts will be established between the institution requesting assistance and the voluntary assistance institution. In order to define a commonly agreed project, the Project Scheme should include:

    • identification of goals
    • identification of responsibilities
    • period of commitment
    • organizational structure
    • timetable
    • monitoring tools for evaluation
    • information scheme