GLLP: Global Laboratory Leadership Programme

To ensure that laboratories can effectively play their critical role in the detection, prevention and control of diseases, laboratory leaders worldwide need to address complex and changing demands for services and to build strong collaborative networks. Specialized training in leadership and management can support these skills in laboratory directors and senior laboratory managers.

Towards this end, leading organizations are partnering to develop a Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP) targeting human and animal health laboratories, as well as laboratories with public health impact (e.g. environmental, agricultural, aquatic, food or chemical laboratories). The partners are: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO).

The GLLP supports the Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework (the Framework), a document that was developed to harmonize and build global consensus on critical laboratory leadership competencies applicable across human, animal, environmental and other relevant health sectors.

The Framework consists of nine competencies:

  • Laboratory system
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Communication
  • Quality management system
  • Biosafety and biosecurity
  • Disease surveillance and outbreak investigation
  • Emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Research

The Framework is available in English, French and Russian. A Spanish version will be available soon.

The GLLP is flexible allowing countries to adapt the programme to meet their individual needs. Several field validations of the GLLP Learning Package are ongoing to test and refine GLLP course materials.


4th GLLP Partners meeting at FAO, November 2019