Objectives: We recount our experiences of relocating an active mycobacteriology reference level service in Karachi, Pakistan, from an older accredited biosafety level-3 facility to a newly constructed and environmentally validated facility. Methods: The service relocation planning, execution, and verification stages are described in detail. Results: Lessons learned from our experience include establishing a service transfer plan, including relevant service staff, obtaining their buy-in on the plan, arranging backup service facilities or liaisons for the execution phase, and ensuring viable backup arrangements for troubleshooting during the verification phase of services in the new facility. Careful planning and inclusion of all stakeholders are critical to avoid service interruptions. Conclusions: This narrative is expected to support other laboratorians, scientists, and clinicians providing laboratory services to large population sectors who are looking to move their services to a new location while continuing to offer said services in a proficient and reliable manner.
- Biosafety level
- service interruption