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Mandate of EMLA

Ethiopian Medical laboratory Association (EMLA) established by Ethiopian government law Charities and Society proclamation No. 621.2009. It is mandated and delegated to ensure and promoting quality laboratory service in Ethiopia. The Federal Ministry of health (FMOH), responsible for the health service delivery and regulation of the health sector as a whole, recognize and has indicated EMLA to undertake:

        • Protecting professionals working in medical laboratory sciences.
        • Monitoring and evaluation of medical laboratories and training institutions.
        • Develop code of Ethics for medical laboratories
        • Actively participate in the development of laboratory policy and guidelines
        • Participate in medical laboratory standards; enhance the role of training in scientific research, licensing and registration of medical laboratory professionals


Strategic Objectives

1. Improve human resource capacity and leadership of Medical laboratories 

Human resources for the provision of laboratory services are comprised of Medical Laboratory Professionals, laboratory Assistants and Phlebotomists. The solution to lack of quality assured laboratory services would be to buildup professionals with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of medical laboratory sciences. It is necessary that the various curricula and job descriptions be reviewed. There is also need to institute basic training for laboratory attendants

2. Support Continuing Medical Laboratory Education

Enhancement of the development, implementation and evaluation of training and professional advancement opportunities are essential to drive successful laboratory program performance and results. Preparing for examinations acts as a foundation on which many individuals build a program of continuing education for themselves. To gratify these desires, EMLA will initiate a significant training need assessment and will provide trainings. In addition, members will participate in regional and local meetings which provide scientific and technical continuing education sessions, as well as networking opportunities with local and regional colleagues

3. Technical Support for Pre-service and in-service trainings

EMLA will set mechanism to assist the pr-service and in-services training at all levels in order to produce qualified laboratory personnel supporting the pre-service and in-service training and maintain sustainable production of staffs. It is wise to invest more in the pr-service training to maintain the work force pool as expected and planned. The association will provide support in designing and development of laboratory sciences curricula and training modules for pre-service and in-service education that could be utilized across the nation.

4. Work with policy maker and other stakeholders for recruitment, retention and career development

EMLA will dedicate itself to ensure that recruitment and retention of laboratory professionals in both public and private health sectors which are aimed to provide quality ensured laboratory services. Active membership at National Laboratory Technical Working Group and the Ethiopian health professional council at the professional licensing and accreditation agency are imperative to pull off this need.

5. Promote significance of laboratory profession

Though implications of medical laboratory roles in health care delivery system are noticeable, there are still critical awareness gap in different health and health related professionals. Hence, EMLA is equipped to promote recognition of laboratory profession by enhancing the understanding of the value of laboratory testing and visibility of those engaged in delivery of health laboratory services.

6. Advocacy of Medical laboratory Community

EMLA will develop and implement a more assertive annual prioritized advocacy role on behalf of the profession by informing legislators, policy makers, stakeholders and general public, as new laws and regulations bring momentous changes to clinical laboratory science, the association will be liaisons to regional and federal agencies.

7. Strategic Outreach

EMLA will use its highly qualified workforce to provide a unified voice on issues that impact the Medical laboratory community, conduct strategic outreach to build effective relationships and encourage partners and others to meet the goals of the association.

8. Strategic Communications & Public Relations

EMLA will promote the roles and contributions of health laboratories and professionals to the public, media, policy makers, funders and other external constituencies. This has to include implementing a strategic communications to support the objectives outlined in the Association’s strategic plan

9. Advocate Laboratory Professional Ethics

EMLA believes that professional Laboratory practice begins with confessing professional ethics and continues throughout the professional life of health Laboratory. For this purpose it has developed Laboratory code of conduct that can serve as an ongoing menu to make health care safer, more timely, efficient, effective, patient-centered and equitable. EMLA will expand its capabilities to review the ethical guideline and distribute to members.

10.Improve Evidence-Based Laboratory (EBL) practices

This strategic objective deals about promoting the use of evidence-based approaches to laboratory medicine, the evaluation of diagnostic strategies, and promote the transition of research out into laboratory practices. Each and every Ethiopian patient should receive the right laboratory result, at the right time

11. Conduct Operational Researches

The association will identify the need for new laboratory methodologies for disease detection and prevention; conducting research to improve laboratory tests for more effective disease surveillance; and support laboratories for appropriate disease diagnosis

12. Working with relevant stakeholders regarding technology transfer

It is the intent of EMLA to understand, define and agree to identify emerging technologies for possible transfer to public health laboratories. To coordinate the successful implementation of this system, EMLA will collaborate with government, academic and private sector researchers. Besides, the association will advise private sectors regarding newly marketed and validated laboratory tests.

13. Dissemination and Utilization of Research Outputs and Up-to-date Laboratory Practices

EMLA will undertake multiple efforts to identify and share relevant scientific and current information including national guidelines and reference materials through forum, peer reviewed journal and website. It demonstrates its concern for the intellectual and personal growth and worth of every member, and plays a leadership role for access to accurate information on health care indicators

14. Enhance laboratory quality standards

Performance standards are critical for public health by providing potential benefits of improved accountability; better resource deployment; enhanced capacity building for community, and national public health systems; widespread use of best practices; and increased focus on mission and goals. The same premise is true for benefits of performance standards for laboratories.

15. Guideline and Manual Development

EMLA is dedicated to functioning in accordance with pertinent national regulations and wishes to work closely with MOH and its technical institutes/agencies like EHNRI, FMHACA PFSA and other stakeholder. This initiative reflects the EHNRI’s 2009 - 2013 master plans outlined for national laboratory system in Ethiopia. Recognizing the real and meaningful partnerships with EHNRI, it will team up to developing and disseminating National Laboratory manuals and guidelines based on ISO 15189 requirement.

16. Enhance Health Laboratory Performance Standards and accreditation

EMLA will actively promote the value of national accreditation program for analytical testing labs through its website, training and workshops. It is keen to work with organizations like Ethiopian National Accreditation Organization (ENAO), FMHACA and EHNRI through development of guidelines and manual and technical support on establishment of quality system, implementation of accreditation initiatives and standardizing laboratory services. The association will work in partnership with such organizations to strengthen health laboratories; providing training and educational materials, and encouraging communication between laboratories; contributing to the development and implementation of national and international guidelines and standards; and assessment and mentoring programs. In addition, the association will strive to work with accreditation organizations for laboratory professional certification

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