Course Description

This course will provide participants with the core knowledge to set up a quality control system in an IVF laboratory to improve ART services. It aims to provide a detailed overview of the management tools and know-how for setting up a quality control system, together with procedures for validation and performance management of equipment and the culture system.Topics addressed include managing total quality in an IVF laboratory, traceability, process mapping, developing a Standard Operating Procedure, training flows for staff, and use of KPIs and audits in quality management.

Minimal expertise required for participation in the Course

Participants must have a good understanding of the workings of an ART laboratory and the regulations and guidelines that apply to ART in their country.
Participants must have experience of working in an Andrology and/or IVF Laboratory.

Course Format

The course will be taught online, and the teaching methods will be adapted accordingly.

The course consists of 5 modules of 60 minutes including lecturing, exercises in breakout sessions, interactive questioning, and answering.

Educational methods

Lectures, discussions, breakout sessions in micro-groups for discussion and exercises. The participants will be provided with a course Syllabus.

The participant must have adequate Wi-Fi, camera, and audio to engage during the Course. Courses will be run via the Zoom and Teams platforms.

Target Audience

Quality Managers, IVF Unit Managers, IVF Lab Managers, Chief Embryologists, Clinical Embryologists, Lab Technicians, Clinical Directors and Auditors that have a good understanding of the working of an ART laboratory and regulations that apply to ART laboratories in their country.

Course Objectives

  • to understand how to monitor, calibrate, and validate equipment and the facility, including pH, temperature, and osmolality optimization of the culture system.
  • to learn about handling and storage of consumables, including the need for control of inventory.
  • to understand how to implement a system for risk management and traceability, including electronic witnessing.
  • to learn about quality control (external QC and internal QC), quality management, quality assurance, and KPIs.
  • to understand the need for training and monitoring of the performance of staff.
  • to learn about audits.
  • to get tips and tricks and troubleshooting
  • to provide a forum to discuss the importance of quality control and management.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the course, the participant is expected to have strenghtened and developed the following skills and abilities:

  • monitoring, validation, and calibration of equipment and the facility
  • stock management of consumables
  • the implementation of risk management
  • traceability and electronic witnessing
  • audits
  • internal and external Quality Control
  • quality assurance, and KPIs
  • training and monitoring of staff
  • quality management

Certificate of attendance

Participants can obtain a certificate of attendance after completing the Course evaluation at the end of the Course.


The course fee for participation in this course is EUR 200. In order to maintain the high standards of teaching in this course, the number of participants will be limited to 12.
The registration will be done on a first come, first serve basis.


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