The workshop held at the FSM4 in Chennai in February 2017, was done in order to develop a greater laboratory network to discuss the Detection and Enumeration of Soil Transmitted Helminths method. The method was physically demonstrated at the IIT Madras University and thereafter presentations on the method development process and quality assurance as intra-laboratory and inter-laboratory procedures were discussed at the FSM4 venue. Some of the discussions that took place are as follows:
• The availability of Ascaris Suum eggs, has been a major discussion directly affecting quality assurance. In order to have a sufficient supply of eggs for the distribution of referenced samples a decision needs to be made on how we will concentrate and be able to supply them within the samples.
• A discussion about distributing the draft SOP, video of method and QA/QC protocol amongst the participants for feedback was initiated. It is suggested that a group discussion be developed so has to enhance the communication between the different laboratories and their queries as the method develops further.
• A uniform method needs to be distributed through both DUT and UKZN to avoid confusing during training of technicians. The method Sonja is distributing also needs to be discussed via Colleen Archer.
• There should be communication between laboratories discussing viable and non-viable eggs and pictures can be taken and submitted to one another for verification.
• Interested collaborating laboratories should contact either Dennis at DUT or Colleen at PRG.