(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
Doha: Women's Wellness and Research Centre's (WWRC's) Department of Reproductive Health (DORM) Laboratory has been awarded an ISO certification by UK-based Intertek Certification Limited for its high-quality ethical standard of providing infertility and invitro fertilisation (IVF) services to couples in Qatar.
Intertek is the world's first industry-agnostic, end-to-end health, safety and wellbeing assurance programme for people, workplaces and public spaces, offering audits, training, inspection, verification and certification solutions.
The process of supervision and training for WWRC's DORM lab certification took approximately four months starting from June to September 2021.
The certification demonstrates high quality and safety measures that the laboratory undertakes while importing embryos from other labs abroad.
The department serves patients who have reproductive problems or difficulties or delays in having kids. The lab currently conducts between 1,300 to 1,500 IVF cycles with up to 11,000 clinic appointments, comprising new referrals and follow-ups, per year.
Commenting about the certification, WWRC Acting Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, Dr. Hilal Al Rifai said,“Intertek provides safety and performance certification services to nationally recognised standards for a wide range of products. We are very proud of the achievement of DORM by receiving the ISO certification through Intertek for its IVF laboratory. This shows that we are on par with international standards and this helps to harmonise technical specifications of all our IVF lab services making patient care more efficient. Conformity to international standards helps reassure patients that services offered are safe, efficient and of good standard.”
According to Dr Alia A Al Hadi, Chair of Reproductive Medicine, HMC, the benefits of the ISO certification are to enhance patient satisfaction; maximise the standardisation of work performance and minimise the inconsistency; monitoring quality of materials used for patient care; objective setting to improve from the current level of performance and internal audits to verify compliance in addition to improving the lab's KPIs (key performance indicators).
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