We want to share with you the Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework which has been released from the Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP). The Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework aims at harmonizing and building global consensus on the critical laboratory leadership competencies applicable across the human, animal, environmental and other relevant health sectors. It outlines these essential competencies needed for laboratory leaders to build sustainable national laboratory systems: Laboratory system; Leadership; Management; Communication; Quality management system; Biosafety and biosecurity; Disease surveillance and outbreak investigation; Emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and Research.
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The purpose of the Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework is to outline the essential competencies needed for laboratory leaders to build sustainable national laboratory systems that improve disease detection, control and prevention efforts in health systems around the world.
The Framework consists of nine competencies:
- Laboratory system
- Quality management system
- Biosafety and biosecurity
- Disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
- Emergency preparedness, response and recovery
This Framework takes a multisectoral One Health approach addressing the entire “National Health Laboratory System”, defined as networks that include human, animal, environmental, agricultural, food, and chemical laboratories in support of health systems. Recognizing that improving coordination between human, animal and environmental health has reciprocal benefits and will lead to stronger health systems, the Framework is therefore designed to build bridges, enhance communication, foster collaboration and develop an understanding of existing synergies between the human, animal and environmental health sectors.
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