SLMTA laboratories around the world are aiding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While looking at the responses on the African continent from governments and their health departments, I got to thinking how everything might have been so different in the coming months if SLMTA had never been around. So many nations have laboratories that will be better able to adapt to the pandemic and the amount of strain that it will put on us."
- from a SLMTA master trainer in South Africa

COVID-19 Testing

Sten Westgard and Wayne Dimech, two world-renowned experts and speakers at the SLMTA Symposium at ASLM 2018, are collaborating towards providing information on COVID-19 testing. See links below.

What is SLMTA?

Launched in 2009, 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.

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Accomplishment To Date

To date, SLMTA has been implemented in 1368 laboratories in 55 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and even the northern Pacific island nations. It has helped 195 laboratories attain accreditation to international standards.

See all Accredited Labs

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)