The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has ordered that only ICMR-accredited labs can collect COVID-19 samples.
In an order issued on May 31, the DDMA also said that all laboratories should ensure that their own sample collectors or the entity collecting samples on their behalf must follow all biosafety and biosecurity precautions when sample collection, including Bio-Medical Waste Management Protocols.
“Personnel employed by the laboratories must be suitably qualified as per the qualifications set by ICMR/NABL or any authorized agency of the Governor of India,” the order reads.
He also ordered district magistrates to carry out surprise inspections and visits. “The relevant District Magistrates will supervise and ensure compliance with the above instructions by the Covid-19 testing laboratories/hospitals within their jurisdiction and will also ensure that any violation of the above instructions is sanctioned under the appropriate provisions. sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, he said.
He also said that the laboratories should store the samples in accordance with the SOPs/guidelines laid down by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)/National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
“Laboratories must comply with all guidelines and directives of ICMR/NABL/GOI and Delhi Government from time to time. Samples are collected, transported and processed by the laboratories promptly and reports are uploaded within a timely fixed collection in their respective portals and ICMR site in accordance with guidelines/instructions issued by ICMR, GOI, NABL, DDMA and NCT Government of Delhi in this regard from time to time,” added the order.
Delhi recorded 405 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with a positivity rate of 2.07% while no new deaths were reported due to the viral disease, according to data shared by the city’s health department. town.
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