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RITM labs surpass quarter-million COVID-19 tests
RITM labs surpass quarter-million COVID-19 tests
MUNTINLUPA CITY – The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) testing laboratories hit quarter of a million COVID-19 tests with 251,583 samples processed since 20th of January. “This milestone is largely possible through the dedication and commitment of...

RITM BRMO COVID-19 Specimen Storage and Disposition Guidelines
COVID-19 Testing Laboratories must determine the disposition of specimen used for laboratory diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2. Disposition pertains to the destination of specimen and information including its storage, transfer, destruction, and disposal after the desired laboratory procedures and/or examination has been...

Biosafety Guidelines for COVID 19 Testing Laboratories Using GeneXperts
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2 (SARS-COV-2) is a virus responsible for the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is a disease-causing human pathogen. It is important that laboratories performing SARS-COV-2 diagnostic tests and related laboratory procedures adhere to the standard biosafety practices...

TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR REAL-TIME PCR RUNS FOR SARS-CoV-2 DETECTION
A well-designed and -optimized polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay has the potential to be a highly sensitive and highly specific nucleic acid target detection method, relative to other diagnostic methods. However, even good PCR assays have limitations as there are...

RITM releases first 17 sets of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from PH cases through Third Generation Sequencing Technology
RITM releases first 17 sets of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from PH cases through Third Generation Sequencing Technology
The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM), in collaboration with experts from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, has released a total of 17 viral genome sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 from the Philippines, using Third Generation Sequencing technology....

ADVISORY: EXTENSION OF SCALE DOWN OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS
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RITM addresses equipment, supply issues, employee health
RITM addresses equipment, supply issues, employee health
MUNTINLUPA CITY–Following equipment bogs, shortage of hard to procure supplies, and an overflow of samples received over the past weeks, the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM), announced a temporary downscaling to address multiple factors that have constrained...

Guidelines on the Evaluation of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices and other related Laboratory Diagnostic supplies for Covid-19
Pursuant to Republic Act (R.A.) No. 3720 as amended by Republic Act (R.A.) 9711, test kits and in-vitro diagnostic reagents must be registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health before release into the Philippine...

RITM clarifies SOP on receiving samples
RITM clarifies SOP on receiving samples
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) dispelled rumors surrounding the alleged non-acceptance of specimens collected from individuals unregistered with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). The national reference laboratory asserted that all its COVID-19 testing activities,...

Genomic surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the Philippines established
Genomic surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the Philippines established
Antibiotic resistance surveillance in the Philippines has moved into the genomic era, enabling better tracking of dangerous bacteria. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS  housed at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and The Big Data Institute (BDI), University...