Moratorium on the Issuance of Permit to Construct and License to Operate Free Standing Clinical Laboratories Nationwide
In order to address this problem, the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services shall spearhead the creation of a quality assurance and monitoring program. The quality assurance and monitoring program will be composed of a two-fold scheme namely regular conduct of spot-checking and development of an organized external quality assurance system. The main objective of this program is to ensure good laboratory practice and maintenance of high quality performance among clinical laboratories in the Philippines.
In view of such undertaking, a moratorium on free-standing clinical laboratories will be imposed starting April 1, 2003 until such time that the quality assurance and monitoring program has been organized and in place. Only applications for permit to construct received by the bureau on or before March 31, 2003 shall be processed. The moratorium on freestanding clinical laboratories shall not apply to drug testing laboratories.
Republic of the Philippines Department of Health-BUREAU OF HEALTH FACILITIES AND SERVICES, BUREAU CIRCULAR No. 3 s. 2003