Services and Resources
Laboratory Testing

Medical Laboratory Functions:

  • 1. Provision of primary and referral systems for diagnostic testing, and other relevant clinical information,
  • 2. Conducting public health related research such as food safety, antimicrobial or antiviral resistance monitoring, and drug safety,
  • 3. Monitoring, alert and outbreak response for infectious diseases.

Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance (MQCS) Laboratory Functions:

  • 1. Testing medicines from across the region to monitor and verify their safety, quality and purity for compliance to pharmacopoeia specifications.

Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL):

  • 1. Provides environmental analyses, including water quality monitoring, plant, soil and tissue analyses, food microbiological testing, indoor environmental quality monitoring and noise testing,
  • 2. Supports implementation of environmental management programmes in states.

CARPHA also provides laboratory network coordination and regulation through CariPHLN.

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Numerous surveillance systems are in place at CARPHA. Surveillance conducted within the Caribbean Region includes:

  • 1. Syndromic surveillance,
  • 2. Vector-borne surveillance,
  • 3. Food-borne surveillance,
  • 4. Tourism-based surveillance through THIS,
  • 5. Pharmacovigilance,
  • 6.Non-communicable diseases and its risk factors,
  • 7. Cancer Registries.

This monitoring of diseases and resulting evaluation of data allows the HCE Department to provide early warning of potential public health threats to CARPHA Member States (CMS). CARPHA also provides publications of the data as feedback to CMS to guide public health decision making.

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Tourism and Health Information System (THiS)

THiS is a real-time web-based application for facilities housing stay over arrival (eg. Hotels) to monitor the health of guests and staff. In turn, public health officials can identify events before the outbreak begins. Key features include it being self-reporting and an easy-to-use online tool, that allows collection of data that otherwise would have gone unreported.

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VigiCarib was launched on December 2017 as an online, voluntary regional portal for CARICOM states to report adverse effects related to medicines, and substandard or falsified products. The rationale is that a regional approach allows for pooling of information, and thus a larger data set than would be available at a national level. The CRS (Caribbean Regulatory System) can then make recommendations to CARICOM states about problematic products and regulatory actions.

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