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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-8
Quality management systems for your in vitro fertilization clinic's laboratory: Why bother?

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility Unit, Karolinska University Hospital, 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden
2 Director, Nova IVI Fertility, Pulse Women’s Hospital, 108 Swastik Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, India
3 Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Manish R Banker
Director, Nova IVI Fertility, Pulse Women’s Hospital, 108 Swastik Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380 009
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Source of Support: Organon India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., provided a grant for the creation of this manuscript, Conflict of Interest: Dr.Jan I Oloffson: He has received honoraria from MSD and Merck Serono and the time of creation of the manuscript was the Regional director Medical Affairs of Women’s health Asia Pacific region based at Singapore Dr. Manish. R. Banker: Is a board member of ASPIRE (Serono), and has received travel and honorarium from MSD. He has also received consultancy fees from GLG consultants.

DOI: 10.4103/0974-1208.112368

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Several countries have in recent years introduced prescribed requirements for treatment and monitoring of outcomes, as well as a licensing or accreditation requirement for in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics and their laboratories. It is commonplace for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) laboratories to be required to have a quality control system. However, more effective Total Quality Management systems are now being implemented by an increasing number of ART clinics. In India, it is now a requirement to have a quality management system in order to be accredited and to help meet customer demand for improved delivery of ART services. This review contains the proceedings a quality management session at the Indian Fertility Experts Meet (IFEM) 2010 and focuses on the creation of a patient-oriented best-in-class IVF laboratory.

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