WHO Guidance: COVID-19 Testing


Instructor: Mark Powell
Product ID: 706480
Training Level: Intermediate

  • Duration: 60 Min
This webinar presents the current WHO guidance on laboratory testing of patients meeting the suspect case definition for COVID-19. The guidance covers both nucleic acid amplification tests, serological surveys and viral sequencing.
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Why Should You Attend:

The WHO has emphasized the importance of testing to control the spread of COVID-19. This webinar sets out the recommended strategy to make the most effective use of this important tool in the fight against coronavirus.

This webinar presents current WHO guidance on sampling, testing and reporting for COVID-19 for clinical diagnosis and infection control. It covers the types of testing to be used in different situations, as well as sample collection and storage. Participants will gain an understanding of the WHO-recommended strategy for testing to control the spread of the disease and as a diagnostic tool.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Guiding principles
  • Sample collection
  • Sample storage and shipment
  • Laboratory testing
  • Biosafety requirements
  • Likely factors leading to false negative results
  • Case reporting
  • Ongoing research

Who Will Benefit:

  • Clinicians responsible for COVID-19 treatment
  • Public health officials responsible for infection control
  • Management and staff responsible for COVID-19 testing


  • Public health
  • COVID-19 testing facilities

Free Materials:

  • Reference documents
  • Rule documents or guidance
  • Checklist
  • SOP template
  • Easy fill in forms
  • Articles
Instructor Profile:
Mark Powell

Mark Powell
Director, Mark Powell Scientific Limited

Dr Mark Powell a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with over thirty years’ experience as a senior analytical chemist. Mark was Honorary Treasurer of the RSC’s Analytical Division and led a working group on continuing professional development until July 2016. He has worked at a senior level in a number of companies with responsibility for method development and equipment qualification. In 2010 Mark was appointed Scientific Manager of a UK-based pharmaceutical CRO, with responsibility for guiding the direction of drug development programs as well as establishing collaborations with academia and instrument manufacturers. His work resulted in a number of published papers and presentations at international scientific conferences. In 2013, he set up his own company to provide training and consultancy services to pharmaceutical professionals. His consultancy work has involved, amongst other things, managing the analytical aspects of pharmaceutical development programs and conducting data integrity audits. He is in demand as a trainer in topics such as chromatography, spectroscopy, pharmaceutical dissolution testing, data integrity, control of impurities, technical writing, stability/stress studies and sample preparation.

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