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The programme was organised jointly by the Department of Microbiology of the institute and the Pondicherry AIDS Control Society to update the capability of HIV testing by the health personnel.
The Government hospital, the Microbiology department in the JIPMER and the blood bank were the surveillance wing of the testing aspect.
Dr. Rao said that reliability of HIV screening was important. The national external quality assessment thus became necessary.
The quality aspect also depended on reliability of reports of the labs, reproducibility, accuracy and precision.
The National External Quality Assessment programme was aimed at establishing a National External Quality Assessment method in India for HIV testing and also to evaluate the overall performance of participating labs, identify the problems with HIV testing, collect information on HIV testing practices used in several labs to evolve strategies to maintain quality and uniformity in HIV testing.
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