Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pathology Laboratory Act To Adopt International Standards

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) -- Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today tabled for second reading in the Dewan Rakyat the Pathology Laboratory Bill 2007 which seeks to adopt international standards in the supervision and control of 200 private pathology laboratories and 90 pathology laboratories in private hospitals.
He told reporters afterwards that the pathology laboratories, classified under anatomy, chemical, medical microbiology and haemotology, would provide accurate and reliable laboratory results.
"At the moment, there is no legislation on the control of pathology laboratories, resulting in anyone being able to set up such a laboratory," he said.
The new act will provide for the supervision and control of pathology laboratories set up by individuals, partnerships, companies and statutory bodies.
A pathology laboratory is a facility that tests human tissues or fluids with the aim of prevention, diagnosis or treatment of diseases.

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