Wednesday 4th October 2017, Brisbane, Australia. The Australian Translational Genomics Centre (ATGC), based at Queensland University of Technology at Translational Research Institute, and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, has received accreditation to provide genomic testing of patient samples for clinical reports.
This will allow the ATGC will provide comprehensive genomic testing based on next-generation sequencing technologies for cancer patients through Metro South Hospital and Health Service, allowing greater detection of cancer-causing genetic mutations and leading to better treatment outcomes. The provision of comprehensive genomic testing in the clinical setting will also facilitate the ATGC’s contribution to Queensland Genomics Health Alliance (QGHA) initiatives and the State-wide implementation of genomics in healthcare.
The accreditation, provided by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), Australia, is to standard ISO 15189 and represents the stringent quality and competence guidelines set out by the International Organization for Standardization for medical and pathology laboratories. This builds upon the ATGC having previously received NATA accreditation (ISO 17025) for quality management and technical competence. ATGC has now withdrawn from ISO17025 accreditation since meeting ISO15189 accreditation requirements. In achieving NATA accreditation for ISO 15189, the ATGC becomes the only laboratory in Queensland, and one of only three in Australia, to be licensed to provide such services.
Professor Matthew Brown, QUT Director of Genomics, said the facility would be transformational for cancer management.
“This is an exciting achievement for us extending our NATA accreditation so that we can provide world-leading cancer genomic testing for Queensland cancer patients. As the only laboratory currently able to provide these services in our State, we hope to enable international best-practice personalised cancer care to as many Queensland cancer patients as possible” he said.
Professor Matthew Brown, Director, The Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Honourable Cameron Dick, and Jessica Harris of the Australian Translational Genomics Centre, at the official opening of the facility at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.