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External Quality Assessment Schemes: need for recognised requirements

External Quality Assessment Schemes: need for recognised requirements,10.1016/S0009-8981(01)00521-6,Clinica Chimica Acta,Laura Sciacovelli,Sandra Secc

External Quality Assessment Schemes: need for recognised requirements   (Citations: 11)
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Programs for Accreditation of clinical laboratories consider participation in External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS) a key element in the evaluation of testing procedures and improving them. One of the main functions of EQAS is to assess whether laboratories perform tests competently. It is therefore of utmost importance for laboratories to participate in EQAS that are in line with formally recognised requirements. Specific proposals have been made on how to design and execute EQAS by International Working Groups, but there seems to be no consensus on the best strategies to use and quality specifications to set out. The Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) Program for EQA Scheme Accreditation (CPA-EQA) is the only program in Europe to provide a formal recognition of the quality of EQAS activities. The present paper reports on the experience of the Centre of Biomedical Research which is following an accreditation process for their own schemes in line with the CPA-EQA program and a proposal to set requirements that Italian schemes must follow to be recognised as valid and effective.
Journal: Clinica Chimica Acta - CLIN CHIM ACTA , vol. 309, no. 2, pp. 183-199, 2001
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    • ...It was first published in 2003 and is concise and to the point, with each section consisting of anything from a few sentences up to several pages of explanation [12]...
    • ...External quality assessment (EQA) is the provision of the same material to a number of laboratories and the subsequent comparison of results [14]...
    • ...According to ISO 15189; 2003 clause 5.6.4, ‘the laboratory shall participate in inter-laboratory comparisons such as those organized by external quality assessment schemes’ [12]...
    • ...According to ISO 15189;2003 clause 4.1.5 (i), ‘the quality manager is appointed with delegated responsibility and authority to oversee compliance with the requirements of the quality management system’ [12]...

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    • ...terms of excellent, good, acceptable, or unacceptable (4, 5). Figure 1 shows the part of report for the Biochemical Markers of Myocardial Damage Scheme and the Glycohaemoglobin Scheme containing this type of information...

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    • ...If the limits based on biological variation were too narrow (a high percentage of laboratories having poor performances) or too wide (a high percentage of laboratories having good performances) we replaced them with other limits that are multiples or under-multiples of those derived from Fraser’s formula, so that no more than 25% of the results of laboratories considered had an unacceptable performance [27]...

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