Published: 2020-06-17

As previously communicated, IQMH has been operating as a virtual office since the physical office was closed in mid-March. We are now planning to gradually re-open with a very limited number of staff present on-site commencing on July 13, 2020 or thereabouts. However, the vast majority of IQMH staff will continue to work from home during this early phase. Please continue to use the following email contact information until further notice:

Accreditation: accreditation@iqmh.org
Proficiency Testing: info@iqmh.org
Education: info@iqmh.org

IQMH follows Public Health advice and will continue to maintain the following precautions to mitigate the risk of potential spread of COVID-19 until further notice:

  • Events and Meetings
    All events and meetings, including Scientific Committee and Advisory Panel meetings, will continue to be conducted remotely using phone or video conferencing and/or online communications.
     
  • Accreditation Visits
    All on-site accreditation visits scheduled up to the end of June 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in the year. If circumstances permit, we are planning to resume limited on-site accreditation activities of willing laboratories commencing in July. Further cancellations may still be necessary and will be communicated as decisions are made considering the prevailing circumstances.
     
  • Education Courses
    All in-person education courses, whether on site or off site, remain cancelled. Limited online classes may be made available in the future.
     
  • Proficiency Testing (PT) Surveys
    Currently all PT surveys continue, largely as scheduled. An initial PT challenge was sent to the first cohort of Ontario laboratories licensed to perform SARS-CoV-2 testing, in collaboration with Public Health Ontario laboratories. A new molecular program using commercially available material has now been developed and will be implemented shortly along with a newly developed PT program for those laboratories licensed to perform serological testing. Details will be communicated as soon as more information becomes available.
     

With these precautionary measures and business contingency plans in place, please be assured that IQMH is doing all that we can to continue delivering services in a safe manner consistent with the latest Public Health advice and guidance.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey S. Sumner
IQMH President

Published: 2020-03-16

Updated: 2020-03-23

Updates regarding IQMH’s response to COVID-19 will be communicated online at www.iqmh.org

 

IQMH is currently in the process of moving to a completely virtual office.

Email Contact Information
Accreditation: accreditation@iqmh.org
Proficiency Testing: info@iqmh.org
Education: info@iqmh.org 

IQMH has been closely monitoring developments in relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak since it first emerged. We have a dedicated team assessing the situation, as it evolves, and leading our preparation and response.

With widespread community transmission of COVID-19 now likely underway in Canada, and following the advice of Canadian health authorities, IQMH has taken the following precautions to mitigate the risk of potential spread of COVID-19:

  • Events and Meetings
    All in-person events and meetings, including Scientific Committee and Advisory Panel meetings, whether inside or outside the IQMH offices will be conducted remotely using phone or video conferencing and/or online communications until further notice.
     
  • Accreditation Visits
    All on-site accreditation visits scheduled between now and the end of May 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in the year, circumstances permitting. Further cancellations beyond May may be necessary and will be communicated as decisions are made in light of the prevailing circumstances.
     
  • Education Courses
    All education courses, whether on site or off site, are cancelled until further notice.
     
  • Proficiency Testing Surveys
    All proficiency testing surveys will continue, as scheduled, at this time. IQMH is working closely with Public Health to develop and implement a proficiency testing program for laboratories licensed to perform testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The first survey is expected to be shipped on or around April 13, 2020. Further details will be provided to those laboratories performing this testing as soon as more information becomes available.
     
  • IQMH Employees
    IQMH has implemented a work-from-home policy for all employees who can perform their functions remotely, and all business travel is suspended until further notice.

With these precautionary measures and business contingency plans in place, please be assured that IQMH is doing all that we can to continue delivering services in a safe manner consistent with latest advice and guidance.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this rapidly evolving, unprecedented event. 


Sincerely,

Jeff Sumner
IQMH President

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