Irish External Quality Assessment Scheme in Clinical Biochemistry
In June 1981 the Irish Assessment Scheme was introduced. Each month a stabilised sample of blood serum is distributed and participants are requested to perform certain analyses. Sera from different manufacturers of human and animal based origin are distributed. Sera are usually lyophilised but a stabilised liquid sample has been distributed. Individual report forms are returned to the participants within two days of the closing date for receipt of results. The Scheme is operated on a confidential basis. Each participant is assigned a code number — identity of laboratory is known only to the organiser. The Scheme is based on the routine analysis of sodium, potassium, chloride, urea, glucose, calcium, phosphate, iron, urate, creatinine, bilirubin, total protein, albumin, cholesterol, LDH and AST. The Scheme is flexible and on certain months the regular list of sixteen constituents will be replaced by some less commonly analysed constituents.
KeywordsClinical Biochemistry Assessment Scheme External Quality Assessment Closing Date Laboratory Comparison
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