Global recognition for South African lab


29 June 2015

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has been nominated by the Swiss Institute for Quality Standards (SIQS) and the Socrates Committee for the prestigious international award in European Quality in the health care category.

“The nomination serves as recognition and affirmation of the NHLS’ position as a leader in pathology and diagnostic services on the African continent,” said the NHLS.

The awards will be presented at Montreux, Switzerland, during the International Excellence in Quality summit, which will run from 30 June to 2 July 2015.

These awards aim to spread the Swiss Quality concept and implement advanced quality standards. For the NHLS, the nomination is in recognition of its safe and effective treatment methods, highly professional medical staff, and services quality in accordance with the European standards.

“It is with great honour and pride for the NHLS to be nominated for this prestigious award, as it not only represents the organisation, but depicts the great strides and continuous improvements which the South African health care landscape has made over the years, and also attributes to the overwhelming dedication and commitment of the NHLS staff,” said Joyce Mogale, the interim chief executive of the NHLS.

The International Excellence in Quality summit is an annual gathering of the top regional goods and services suppliers and professionals in quality improvement. Held over three days in Montreux, the International Forum is an opportunity for 100 leaders and experts worldwide to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise the best quality experience.

The event aims to empower and encourage all participants to be actively involved in quality practice presentations and discussions.

The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards was founded to promote Swiss quality concepts in order to improve products and services.

This nomination is not the first international recognition for the NHLS. In 2013, it won the Business Initiative Directions International Star Award for quality.

That award was presented to the service for its demonstrated and proven commitment to quality and for its continuous quest for excellence through attention to products and services.