ICMR issues fresh guidelines for setting up of coronavirus testing labs






The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued fresh guidelines for setting up of coronavirus testing laboratories because the quantity of circumstances rises throughout the nation. 

The quantity of constructive COVID-19 circumstances have risen to 3374 whereas the toll is at 77, in response to information offered by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

The ICMR has authorized the COVID-19 testing in additional than 200 laboratories throughout the nation. Based on the brand new requests from a number of districts of India for initiation of COVID-19 testing, ICMR stated it has formulated the brand new guidelines for the institution of a brand new testing laboratory in any district. 

The council stated the quantity of suspected circumstances in that individual district needs to be greater than 100 per day and the closest testing laboratory should be a minimum of 250 kms (Four-5 hrs @ 60 Km/hr) for plain areas and 150 kms (5 hrs @ 30Km/hr) for hilly areas. 

In case there are testing laboratories inside this distance, every of the prevailing testing laboratories needs to be testing a minimum of 100 samples per , the ICMR stated. 

“If the nearest testing laboratory is within the above-mentioned distance, and not testing 100 samples per day, and does not agree to test the samples from the affected district, then the existing laboratory will be closed down, and permission will be given to the new laboratory,” it stated.

Besides, the district ought to have a authorities laboratory with the provision of BSL-2 stage laboratory together with a molecular biology setup for virological analysis, a functioning and calibrated Biosafety cupboard kind 2A/2B within the laboratory, a chilly centrifuge/microfuge for RNA extraction and functioning and calibrated real-time PCR machine.

It should even have the provision of workers with good understanding of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, skilled for dealing with respiratory samples for viral analysis, RNA extraction and realtime PCR, the ICMR stated.

Available workers with expertise of work in virology and dealing with medical specimens, particularly respiratory samples, can be wanted within the district, in response to the brand new guidelines. 

A strong Institutional coverage on biomedical waste administration of human origin and well-defined association for segregation and discarding of biomedical waste can be wanted.

Proofs of these necessities, together with paperwork and pictures, should be submitted to ICMR whereas making use of for a brand new testing laboratory.

If the district has no authorities laboratory, however has a non-public laboratory which may apply for COVID-19 testing, the laboratory ought to have NABL accreditation, and the scope of accreditation should embrace real-time PCR for respiratory viruses, as per the ICMR guidelines. 

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