Until 2012, the system of external quality assurance for II level laboratories had not been implemented in Ukraine. In 2012 and 2013, all 27 civilian sector laboratories of the III level successfully passed external quality control (100%). Laboratories subordinating to the penitentiary system had not been included to external quality control until 2013. In 2013, 50% (5 of 10) penitentiary laboratories successfully passed external quality control. Draft Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine “On Assurance of Bacteriological Assays Quality Control” is pending approval with the structural divisions of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The schedule for quality control assurance in 2014 for microbiological TB laboratories of level III were developed and coordinated with the head of Central Reference Laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, including the laboratories subordinated to Penitentiary Service Department of Ukraine. Pursuant to latest update from the Ukrainian Centre for Socially Dangerous Diseases Control, 663 of 777 microbiological TB laboratories of level 1 were subject to external quality control in 2013, which accounts for 85.3%.
7. The quality of laboratory services should be ensured by external quality assurance.