Strengthening Laboratories

Ensuring the quality of condoms is important to help reduce the spread of HIV. See how the U.S. Agency for International Development and USP helped to strengthen the capacity of Ethiopia’s national condom quality control laboratory to protect Ethiopians from substandard condoms.

Reliable, efficient laboratory systems, whether involved in clinical diagnosis or the quality testing of medical products, are an integral part of a strong health system. A trusted clinical laboratory result enables a healthcare practitioner to make an informed and targeted treatment decision. A strong quality control laboratory provides a regulator the confidence needed to take decisive, evidence-based actions to protect patients from poor quality or fake medicines.

Our Approach

With more than 185,000 square feet of laboratory space in five countries, including Ghana, India and China, laboratories are at the heart of USP’s work. As part of our long-standing commitment to share our expertise with other laboratories around the world, USP has supported and shared knowledge with more than 90 laboratories in over 30 countries to help build and maintain strong quality management systems aligning with international standards and practices.

Areas of Technical Support & Training

  • Facility design and planning
  • Quality management systems
  • Equipment specifications, calibration and maintenance
  • Testing and documentation
  • Human resource and business planning
  • Workforce development