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D8: Diagnostic laboratory networking

D8: Diagnostic laboratory networking

Establishing a network of diagnostic laboratory services and diagnostic protocols to help countries identify pests in a more reliable and timely manner

Desired 2030 outcome:

An international network of diagnostic laboratory services provides reliable and timely pest identifications. National laboratories with strong diagnostic functions are officially recognized as capable of offering reliable services within regions or globally, reducing the need for all countries to develop duplicated capacity.

Activities to be carried out during 2020–2030 could include the following:

  • conceive a model for the establishment of subregional joint diagnostic laboratories and proficiency testing;
  • adopt required standards and diagnostic protocols;
  • facilitate the establishment of an international laboratory network;
  • establish and communicate a listing of available diagnostic laboratories and their expertise.