PubMed Journals: Can Commun Dis Rep
Source: PMID: 31007619⇦⇨ Can Commun Dis Rep. 2018 May 3;44(5):102-105.
⇩ eCollection 2018 May 3.
An overview of the National Microbiology
Laboratory emergency management program.
Marcino D(1)(2), Gordon K(1).
(1) National Microbiology Laboratory, Public
Health Agency of Canada, WinnipegMB.
(2) Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network.
The National Microbiology Laboratory (NML)
emergency management program was developed
after the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS) outbreak to provide a framework for the
responses to public health events. The program
comprises three components (Site response,
Continuity and Site support) that have adopted
the Incident Command System (ICS) as their
management structure and follows the four
phases of emergency management. All program
components have extensive competency-based
training for staff and exercise plans. The
emergency management program ensures quality
and continuous improvement through its certification
in International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) 9001 and structured review processes.
This means that the Operations Centre can
be activated and working at optimum capacity
with highly trained and experienced staff
within an hour of receiving notice to begin
a response. The NML can also send mobile
laboratories to aid Canadian or international
efforts to address outbreaks or bioterrorism
PMCID: PMC6449121PMID: 31007619
Conflict of interest statement: Conflict
of Interest: None.