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External Quality Assessment / Proficiency Testing

Microbiology examination laboratories can play a vital role in protecting people’s health. This means that if errors occur in a laboratory then the impact can have serious public health implications.

External quality assessment (EQA)/proficiency testing (PT) allows the introduction of samples of known but undisclosed content into a laboratory’s routine testing procedure:

EQA-PT: The Process

The benefits of EQA/PT are:

  • Provides staff with an insight into their laboratory's performance
  • Provides a comparison of performance with that of other laboratories, nationally and/or internationally
  • Improves the standard of examinations
  • Identifies areas where there may be problems
  • Demonstrates to clients, colleagues and accreditation bodies that there is a commitment to quality
  • Educates staff, providing a better understanding of the impact of incorrect results