What is SLMTA?

Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA),a structured quality improvement program, teaches laboratory managers how to implement practical quality management systems in resource-limited settings using available resources. With a series of short courses and work-based improvement projects supported by site visits and mentoring, SLMTA is designed to achieve immediate, measurable improvement in laboratories.

SLMTA was launched in 2009, and as of May 2018, has been implemented in 1100+ laboratories in 52 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and even Micronesia in the Pacific. It was created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Africa, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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The bi-annual SLMTA/SLIPTA Symposium, a satellite of the ASLM international conference, provides the perfect opportunity for SLMTAns to deepen their skills, network with and learn from each other, and celebrate successes. It always attracted a lot of participants. It was, according to many previous participants, the highlight of the ASLM conference, and some even said the symposium had more life than the conference itself. We hope you will be able to join us this year.

If you are able to attend, please register by filling out the form below. Please note that we are unable to provide any travel scholarships or logistical support for your attendance.

Click here to register for SLMTA/SLIPTA Symposium 2018

What do we want to achieve ?

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Goals
Better patient outcomes through sustainable quality laboratory systems and universal access to accurate, reliable, and timely laboratory results for correct diagnosis worldwide.
To transform the laboratory system by strengthening quality management systems aligned to international standards using a continuous quality improvement approach, and by fostering a quality culture based on excellence of services.
To implement the SLMTA/ SLIPTA* program and set laboratories on their path to accreditation as a measure to assure quality diagnosis, disease surveillance and outbreak response.

*SLIPTA - Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation

SLMTA Hero Award

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Dancing with the Stars

SLMTA in Action

Photographs of SLMTAns in action


SLMTA in Print

AJLM's special supplement on SLMTA ‐ evidence of our successes and lessons learned

SLMTA in Motion

Check out the SLMTA music video produced by CDC-Vietnam (featuring David C Murray)