Laboratory Accreditation: A Progressive Commitment to Improve Learning Facilities

FK-KMK UGM. The Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing (FK-KMK) at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) received a visit from the assessor team of the National Accreditation Committee (KAN) on May 13-14, 2024, to conduct laboratory surveillance within FK-KMK UGM. The assessor team included the head assessor of the National Accreditation Committee (Prof. Dr. Yeyet Cahyati Sumirtapura), pharmacology assessor (Apt. Dra. Artati Hapsari, M.Si.), and an expert (Dr. Enti, Sp.KM(K)). Over the two days, the assessors visited seven laboratories under FK-KMK UGM management, namely the therapeutic pharmacology laboratory, clinical microbiology laboratory, parasitology laboratory, clinical pathology and laboratory medicine laboratory, dermatology and venereology laboratory, biochemistry laboratory, and integrated research laboratory.

The head of the assessor team, Prof. Dr. Yeyet Cahyati Sumirtapura, expressed hope that the surveillance activities would yield satisfactory results. “Hopefully, there will be no findings in this surveillance, so we can focus on implementing the existing standards,” she remarked.

Previously, the FK-KMK laboratories had been accredited for 20 scope parameters. This year, 2 additional scope parameters have been added, bringing the total to 22 accredited parameters. Prof. Dr. E. Elsa Herdiana Murhandarwati, M.Kes, Ph.D, as the scope manager, mentioned that the added scope parameters are cytotoxicity tests and irbesartan level tests in the blood at the therapeutic pharmacology laboratory. Additionally, assessors conducted surveillance on the updated methods for mycobacterium tuberculosis culture and drug susceptibility testing using the proportion method with both solid and liquid media in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Prof. Dr. dr. Hera Nirwati, M.Kes, Sp.MK, Vice Dean for Finance, Assets, and Human Resources at FK-KMK UGM, stated in her speech that the seven laboratories at FK-KMK operate based on ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standards. With the addition of scope parameters in this accreditation, it is hoped that FK-KMK laboratories will receive evaluations that will help develop and strengthen their management systems, standardized procedures, and trained personnel to produce accurate and consistent results.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Mustofa, M.Kes., Apt., the top manager of FK-KMK UGM laboratories, conveyed that the assessor visit for laboratory accreditation is expected to accumulate evaluations and corrections for system and technical improvements, allowing FK-KMK laboratories to obtain verification and recommendations related to BA/BE testing, thus gaining recognition from the Food and Drug Administration (Badan POM).

The laboratory accreditation assessment activities are crucial efforts to ensure the quality and credibility of laboratory services, aligning with Points 3 and 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Point 3 emphasizes the importance of healthy lives and well-being, which can be achieved through accurate and reliable laboratories supporting medical diagnosis and treatment. Point 4, focusing on education for sustainable development, is closely related to enhancing the capacity of laboratory personnel through training and stringent operational standards. Accreditation assessments help ensure that laboratories meet international standards, thereby supporting public health and sustainable high-quality education. (Assyifa/Reporter).

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