• CAPRISA labs scoops Best Laboratory performance award

    The CAPRISA Vulindlela CRS laboratory and the main laboratory received Best Laboratory Performance at the recent HPTN Annual meeting held in Washington DC for the 2015-2016 time period. The award was in recognition of the Vulindlela CRS site laboratory and the main laboratory having not a single audit finding during the DAIDS initiated audit conducted by FHI360/WESTAT. The comments from the HPTN Laboratory Core group was “This was the first time we have seen a laboratory receive no finding in their 12 years of the network”.The audit was of the Quality Management Systems for compliance to the ISO 15189:2012 Standard and the Code of Federal Regulations 42 part 21.  The 2016 audit of the Vulindlela CRS site laboratory was the second of its kind and thus this clean audit report was more cause to celebrate.

     “The entire laboratory team involved in this audit need to be congratulated for their amazing consistent work that always makes audits a pleasure to go through” said Natasha Samsunder the CAPRISA Laboratory Director.  “It was my privilege to be in Washington to collect this unexpected, but well deserved award on behalf of my team to work to always maintain the high level of quality.”


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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.