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UK NEQAS IMPROVES PATIENT CARE

We aim to improve patient care through monitoring the quality of tests and their reporting, in an independent manner and on a not-for-profit basis.
We are here to help ensure optimal quality in testing for the benefit of patients.
We believe that the result of tests should be:

  • Comparable
  • Safe
  • Clinically useful to the patient no matter where or when they are performed.

UK NEQAS IS A CHARITABLE CONSORTIUM OF EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT PROVIDERS

UK NEQAS is a charitable consortium of external quality assessment laboratories, mostly evolved from NHS services England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We have over 40 years experience in EQA and its clinical relevance across all the disciplines (Immunology and Allergy, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Transfusion and Transplantation, Genetics, Virology and Microbiology).

UK NEQAS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF CLINICAL GOVERNANCE AND QUALITY ASSURANCE STRUCTURES AND PROVIDES LEADERSHIP

We report to relevant oversight bodies in the UK to support better governance and patient safety.

UK NEQAS EDUCATES ITS MEMBERS, THE PUBLIC AND PARTICIPANTS TO IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT BEST PRACTICE INTERNATIONALLY

We also provide innovative schemes to ensure that the use of EQA data is continually improved. We provide information and leadership to harmonise the quality of diagnostic and/or clinical services across networks and international borders.

We offer support and training to our participant laboratories and their clinical and laboratory staff to embed and inform best practice, pre-analytical and post-analytical error monitoring and critical thinking about internal and external quality assurance through:

  • Masterclasses
  • Educational Events
  • Electronic Learning
  • Interpretative Schemes
  • One-To-One Support And Advice.

UK NEQAS IS INTERNATIONAL

Since inception, UK NEQAS units have provided their services to laboratories in a world-wide basis, ensuring that users of similar assays can access comparative data on the best performance achievable globally.
We also work closely with manufacturers and regulatory agencies to alert them to issues and assist in early resolution of problems with assays, analysers and kits.

UK NEQAS FOCUSES ON CLINICALLY IMPORTANT QUALITY

All our schemes are designed and run by organisers and managers who are wholly committed to leadership in better healthcare worldwide, are experts in current clinical practice in laboratory and clinical diagnostics.
Organisers are appointed by the Board for their expertise and commitment to public service ethos enshrined in our articles and rules.
All UK NEQAS units are committed to achieving accreditation to ISO 17043 Standards as a minimum.

UK NEQAS IS INDEPENDENT

Our independence is assured through our Board of Trustees, governance mechanisms, codes of practice and independent advice through our steering committees of medical and scientific experts.