The Philippine Genome Center is now an accredited COVID-19 testing facility, the Department of Health announced on April 24.
The Quezon City research center is under the supervision of the University of the Philippines, and it is the country’s 18th COVID-licensed laboratory.
“Meron na po tayong 18 na COVID labs na lisensyado. Kaka-approve lang po natin sa Philippine Genome Center,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during a press briefing.
The DOH continues to evaluate other laboratories applying for COVID-licensing, added Vergeire.
“Patuloy din ang proficiency testing sa mga Stage 4 na laboratoryo upang masigurado natin na accurate ang mga procedure nila,” she said.
All accredited COVID-19 testing labs must pass the five-step accreditation process of the DOH in order to be considered a Stage 5 facility. The licensed laboratory must have the proper tools to conduct tests, necessary equipment to determine cases, and trained technicians who are knowledgeable in COVID-19 testing.
Aside from the Philippine Genome Center, Metro Manila has 11 other certified COVID-19 testing laboratories. These include:
There are also five accredited laboratories outside Metro Manila:
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