Overview: Welcome to the online course on building laboratory testing capacity for tobacco product regulation. In recent years, health authorities have become increasingly interested in the potential of tobacco product regulation to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use. This course provides practical, stepwise approaches to implementing tobacco testing to improve tobacco product regulation. Such guidance is relevant to a wide range of countries in various settings, even those with inadequate resources to establish a testing facility.
In this six-section course, you will review testing in the context of a country's regulatory authority, three possible routes to a testing laboratory, contracting with an external laboratory, using an existing internal testing laboratory, developing a tobacco-exclusive testing laboratory, and WHO TobLabNet Membership (criteria, advantages and procedures).
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to describe basic testing needs in tobacco product regulation, the relevance of testing, the basic principles and how they can be applied to their country context.
Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Certificates: A certificate of achievement is issued to those who have completed the course material and earned more than 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
After completing this course, should you be interested in learning about the basics of tobacco product regulation, please refer to the OpenWHO course Tobacco product regulation: Basic handbook: https://openwho.org/courses/TPRS-tobacco-product-regulation-handbook