WHO recommended Hand-rub Formulations – Guide to Local Production

Introduction: This Guide to Local Production of WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations is separated into two discrete but interrelated sections:

Part A provides a practical guide for use at the pharmacy bench during the actual preparation of the formulation. Users may want to display the material on the wall of the production unit.

Part B summarizes some essential background technical information and is taken from WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (2009). Within Part B the user has access to important safety and cost information and supplementary material relating to dispensers and distribution. Click on the URL below to access the 9-page document and download it.


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WHO Laboratory Assessment Tool for laboratories implementing COVID-19 testing

Lifted from the WHO publications page.

This WHO Laboratory Assessment Tool (LAT) is specifically designed to assess capacities of existing laboratories which have implemented or aim to implement COVID-19 virus testing. It addresses both core capacities of a laboratory and specificities related to COVID-19 virus testing. It is a focused and shorter version from the existing complete laboratory assessment tool that can be found at https://www.who.int/ihr/publications/laboratory_tool/en/

The target audience is any stakeholder performing laboratory assessments such as national health authorities, multilateral agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and laboratory managers. Assessors can use the tool, and customized if needed, to meet local requirements or assessment context. This tool is an Excel file, which enables automatic calculations of module indicators.

– Access the tool here

This tool has been designed to assess the capacity of laboratories that have implemented or intend to implement testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The tool is a shortened version of the 2012 Laboratory assessment tool that is widely used to assess national laboratory systems and the capacity of laboratories.

– Access the user guide (English) here

Lifted from the WHO publications page.

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Considerations for Handling Potential SARS-CoV-2 Samples

ABSA International LOGOLaboratory practices for bench work apply to ALL laboratory procedures. Additional practices and equipment are indicated at each level.

Last revision 3/20/2020
Prepared by ABSA International Emerging Infectious Diseases Consortium


* CDC Guidance for Laboratory https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/lab-biosafety-guidelines.html

** WHO Laboratory Guidance https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331138/ WHO-WPE-GIH-2020.1-eng.pdf

These considerations do not supersede any regulatory or country-specific requirements in your locale.

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