Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), on Tuesday, launched the first edition of a comprehensive laboratory handbook with an aim to provide an informational guideline for clinical laboratories in order to improve the people’s health care.The handbook, titled “Good Clinical Laboratory Practices in Pakistan” was launched in joint cooperation with National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), US.According to the press release, the handbook has been authored by Pakistani laboratory experts from various disciplines in collaboration with their US counterparts.Written in a simple format, the handbook is intended particularly for technical staff working in public, private and university/academic laboratories across Pakistan.The handbook has discrete sections focusing on laboratory management; biosafety; laboratory operations and quality management systems.Dr Aamer Ikram and Dr Dave Franz led the effort from the US NASEM and PAS respectively.On the launching ceremony, the National Institute of Pakistan’s Executive Director, Prof Dr Ikram thanked the NASEM collaborators and noted that the handbook would serve as a helpful guide and reference for beginners as well as specialists in various laboratory disciplines. The present edition is being published in English, but the handbook will soon be translated to Urdu and local languages for wider dissemination. It will also be launched online as well as through an interactive app. He emphasized that the promotion of laboratory practices and communication between and among laboratories was the best way to enhance the timely detection of diseases as well as surveillance with an appropriate response. Advisor to the Prime Minister, Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, was the chief guest on the occasion and appreciated the work done by authors of the handbook.Published in Daily Times, March 20th 2019.