The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) will use the Laboratory Inspection Checklist to score Laboratory facilities when they come for inspection.

The Laboratory Inspection checklist contains 64 items worth 144 points. Each item has been awarded a point value of either 1, 2 or 3 points-based upon relative importance and/or complexity. Responses to all questions must be either “yes”, “partial” or “no”.

  • Items marked “yes” receive the corresponding point value (either 1, 2 or 3 points). All elements of a question must be present in order to indicate “yes” for a given item and thus award the corresponding points.
  • Items that include “tick lists” must receive all “yes” and/or “n/a” responses to be marked “yes” for the overarching item.
  • Items marked “partial” receive 1 point.
  • Items marked “no” receive no point.

When marking “partial” or “no”, notes should be captured in the comments field to assist the laboratory in addressing these areas. 

For example, if the question reads “Are environmental checks/temperature logs complete, accurate and regularly reviewed?” and the inspector’s finding is that the logs are complete but are not reviewed by the supervisor, the item will be marked “partial” and should include an explanation noting the absence of supervisor’s review in the comment field.

Download the Laboratory Inspection Checklist here.

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