Point of care

Information on the various point of care programmes and initiatives undertaken by UK NEQAS to ensure safe and effective result generation, irrespective of where, when or by whom the test is performed.

Rapid growth in the use of point of care testing (POCT), also known as near patient testing (NPT), has occurred in many areas of diagnostic analysis.

Tests that were once an offshoot of laboratory analysis have expanded to occupy a substantial proportion of diagnostic testing, not only for the monitoring of, for example, glucose levels in diabetes and prothrombin time / international normalised ratio (PT/INR) in oral anticoagulant control, but also in standalone diagnostic tests, including molecular and genetic testing.

With the spread of POCT, there has also been a parallel increase in the provision of EQA for POCT and this webpage provides a portal to those UK NEQAS Centres that offer EQA for POCT.

UK NEQAS fully supports healthcare professionals using POCT techniques and is pleased to announce a one-day meeting ‘UK NEQAS: Coordinating Point of Care Testing’ being held on Friday 20th October 2017 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1 3EE [link to further details].