Wednesday , September 26 2018


The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL), is a section under Microbiology which is a unit under the Division of National Public Health Laboratories (MoH). Its main mandate is to perform drug resistance surveillance for TB by doing Culture and Drug susceptibility testing

Quality Policy Statement

NTRL is committed to providing quality TB diagnostic services, operational research support and in coordination of the TB External Quality Assurance program by;

  • Using appropriate and standard technology to generate reliable patient test reports on time through a committed and competent staff
  • Complying with ISO 15189:2012 standard and continuous improvement of quality services
  • Implementing established quality objectives and reviewing them in the annual management review meetings.
  • Communicating and ensuring the policy is understood by all NTRL staff by training and posting it on the notice board.

Mission, Vision and Values

 The Vision and Mission are fundamental in providing the NTRL strategic direction. While the vision provides the NTRL with what it aspires to be in future, the mission describes the core business of the NTRL and what values its employees must adhere to. The Vision, Mission and Values are aligned to the Ministry of Health strategic Plan and the Kenya  Vision 2030.


 To be a center of excellence in the provision of the highest level of quality TB laboratory diagnostic/surveillance services.


 To provide  world class routine laboratory and drug resistant TB laboratory surveillance  services to sustain gains  made in Kenya.

Core Values

 Values provide a work culture that enables the organization to move from vision to reality. The NTRL upholds the following values:

  • Team work
  • Accountabilit
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Focus
  • Customer satisfaction

Upcoming activities: NTRL underwent KENAS assessment and was recommended for ISO 15189:2012 accreditation.