Shortage of Registered Pathologists in India Continues to Put Patients at Risk in Illegal Labs that Defy Bombay Court Orders

Professional pathologist’s organization in Maharashtra, India, demands that the government’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research intensify enforcement of laws regulating clinical pathology labs, or suspend the director for failing to comply

There are thousands more medical laboratories in India than there are certified pathologists to supervise and direct them. This is becoming a source of conflict. On one side are consumers who want quality medical laboratory testing services they can trust and government regulators who want to enforce the law. On the other side are tens of thousands of lab companies that continue to operate without certified pathologists and other trained lab scientists.

This is why India continues its struggle to provide licensed and registered clinical pathology services to its more than 1.2 billion residents amid a sea of illegal pathology clinics and a government that seems increasingly ineffectual in its ability to protect patients. Frustrations with government organizations and law enforcement has led many professional pathology and microbiology organizations to speak out. (more…)

Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in a Suitcase Travels to Farms to Test Livestock

New molecular point-of-care testing systems already being tested in several African countries

Pathologists will be interested to learn that sophisticated point-of-care molecular diagnostics testing is now being done on livestock in farms. This is a giant leap forward for point-of-care testing, as there are now commercially available suitcase-sized devices used to perform molecular diagnostic tests for avian flu in livestock. These molecular testing systems are undergoing trials in Africa, primarily Sudan and Kenya.

Development of the devices was partially funded through a joint project of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The organizations are concerned about trans-boundary animal diseases that, like the avian flu, can cross from one species to another. These agencies funded research to develop molecular diagnostic methods to rapidly identify such diseases. The avian flu test is the first to make use of this new molecular technology.