This online training is based on the "GLI Practical Guide to TB Laboratory Strengthening", a publication of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), a working group of the Stop TB Partnership.

Who should take this course:

The training is intended to familiarize those who are providing technical assistance to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries with WHO recommendations and international best practices, and may be used as a training resource for new TB laboratory consultants or as refresher training for established consultants prior to a technical assistance assignment. It may also be used as a reference for the latest resources and tools.

The training course is divided into the following sections according to the guide chapters and also includes a pre-training and post-course assessment which needs to be passed in order to complete the training.


  1. WHO-recommended tests for detecting MTB and drug resistance
  2. The TB laboratory network
  3. Diagnostic algorithms 
  4. Targets and indicators for TB laboratory strengthening 

Key Technical Areas for Guidance:

  1. Procurement and supply-chain management
  2. Specimen collection, transportation, and registration
  3. Quality assurance (QA)
  4. Implementing quality management systems (QMS)
  5. TB laboratory biosafety
  6. Implementing systems to manage laboratory data
  7. Human resources
  8. Linking laboratory services to TB care and treatment
  9. Strengthening the role of private laboratories in national TB programmes
  10. Strategic planning for national TB laboratory networks
  11. Funding TB laboratories and services

Providing technical assistance:

  1. Types of technical assistance
  2. The role of the TB Supranational Reference Laboratory Network
  3. Processes for technical assistance

If you experience any technical difficulties please send an email describing the problem: