The representativity of the public health care segment in the state nowadays, through the activities of the Institute for Public Health and the 10 regional Institutes, is significant with the sensible and realized quantum of expert opinions, supervisions and control, analytical observation and risk estimation, in the creation of the particularities from the field as an individual picture, to their collective analyzing as a general picture.
The past period represented the pinnacle of (the) serious activities in the creation of the contemporary system of preventive medical protection as a basic instrument of managing by defining priority problems and implying suitable solutions on national, regional and local level.
A categorical imperative in the implementation of the national strategy in the preventive – medical activity is improving the health of the inhabitants of Republic of North Macedonia, through sanitation of the components of health and animation of all that directly or indirectly influence the current situation.
In order to meet all these goals, this generation has been challenged to implement world reference standards and to continually follow and organize trainings on the contemporary analytic diagnostic procedures, which should come as a result from maximum effort, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism of all involved in our institution and all the professionals from public health care activity.
To promote health and general welfare of the population through scientifically based knowledge, best practices, information and organizational partnerships and sustainable impact on public health policies.
Healthy people in a healthy and safe environment, sustainable health system and security of global and local public health threats.
Tradition-We are proud of our long tradition as it is rooted in the realization of our activities as a moral obligation of employees in order to justify the confidence gained from customers and partners.
Quality -We qualitative upgrade quality by providing the appropriate level of excellence in the provision of services based on a high level of knowledge, expertise of our scientific and professional staff and applying internationally accredited methods and laboratories.
Efficiency -The efficiency in the implementation of our business we are guided by is the justification of investments and funds spent through the use of evidence, scientific evidence and best practice to achieve optimal results.
Partnership – Our work is based on building partnerships and cooperation with our long-term partners at home and abroad.
Responsibility – Based on the principle of fairness and human dignity, we feel responsible for the whole population in the country, for their health and welfare.
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Public health is a system of knowledge and skills for preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.
Institute of Public Health of the Republic of North Macedonia as a national health institution is the first line of the realization of such a goal, which implemented by providing an appropriate level of excellence in the provision of its services based on the highest level of knowledge that is accessible and applicable in North Macedonia:
- Responsibility for health and leading state role in preserving and promoting health;
- Comprehensiveness of measures and activities focusing on the population as a whole and of individual social groups and socioeconomic determinants of health and the most important risk factors;
- Cross-sectoral cooperation, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to health promotion – which is achieved by constantly improving cooperation with health institutions involved in public health with other participants in public health;
- Scientific basis and Collection of data through quantitative and qualitative methods – which means activity of public health based on scientifically proven and tested methods and procedures used in order to promote and maintain the population’s health;
- Partnership with the population and strengthen civil initiatives in the field of public health, raising awareness about the importance of caring for own health;
- Efficiency and effectiveness of public health – which are carried by achieving the best possible results in terms of available financial resources, and achieve the highest possible level of health with the lowest consumption resources;
The Institute for Public Health of the Republic of North Macedonia as an institution with many years of experience in the healthcare industry, is permanently determined to maintain high standards and quality in all its activities and to continuously improve its reputation. We accomplish this commitment by applying the defined Quality Policy, which obligates us to properly organize the work, assigning authorizations and responsibilities that will provide good professional practice and will enable maintenance of high standards of quality of services in all areas of work. All activities in the Institute are carried out in an impartial, independent, objective and reliable manner.
Recognizing the importance of applying the quality standards in its operations, The Institute started with activities for their implementation long time ago. The laboratories of The Institute, which are part of the Center for Reference Laboratories, were among the first in Macedonia that were accredited according to the requirements of the ISO 17025: 2006 standard. The first certificate for accreditation of the laboratories for testing and calibration according to ISO 17025: 2006, was received on December 25, 2006, awarded by the Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia. Since then, The Institute regularly promotes its work and follows the new requirements for quality assurance in the work that is confirmed by the regular annual inspections of the Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of North Macedonia. The expertise and competence of the laboratories is confirmed by the regular successful participation in qualification testing schemes and interlaboratory comparisons in the country and abroad.
The main goal of the established quality system is to meet the requirements of the regulations and other normative documents as well as the demands of the users of services that is reflected by issuing accurate and quality results from the examinations, as well as respecting the deadlines and timely performance of the activities. All employees of the Institute are familiar with the Quality Policy and are involved in the documented management system, use procedures and work instructions that consistently implement them in their work. For the proper functioning of the certified quality system, an appointed management representative is responsible – Quality Manager. In this way, the leadership of the Institute emphasizes its commitment and commitment to development, and each employee, according to his own powers and responsibilities, contributes to improving the effectiveness of the institution’s work.
The Public Health Institute strives to follow the world’s achievements in the field of analytics and at any moment be ready to respond to the requirements and needs of service users and inspection bodies. Testing laboratories belonging to the Center for Reference Laboratories and the Sector for Control and Testing of Drugs in IPH are accredited for food testing (quality and safety – microbiology, pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, radiology), drinking water, mineral water and surface water (quality and safety, gamma radionuclide content, alpha and beta activity), soil and atmospheric sludge, building materials, medicines and objects for general use (toys, plastic items and ceramics) and materials coming in food contact. The calibration laboratory is accredited for the calibration of instruments for detection of ionizing radiation.
The accreditation scope includes about 70 test methods and 4 calibration methods, and the list of accredited lab methods can be found on the following links:
The last re-accreditation of the testing laboratories was carried out in December 2018 with a period of validity of the certificate until 24.12.2022 (LT-005) and the calibration laboratory in January 2018, with a period of validity of the certificate until 22.04.2022 ( LK-008).
Certificate of accreditation LT-005 and LK-008