Covid-19 Pan-UK NEQAS Centre Update – w/c 8th June 2020

To help UK NEQAS participants in the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have been providing a weekly all-centre update. This will now become a monthly update, with the next update due to be released at the beginning of July. We will also provide an email address for each centre should anyone wish to make direct contact with their centre.

Here’s the update for week commencing 8th June 2020:

 

UK NEQAS CentreUpdate for w/c 8th June 2020
Birmingham Quality (Clinical Chemistry)Birmingham Quality will be open as usual this week and the on-line Schedule remains valid.
All services from BQ are running as normal, without exception.
- email: birminghamquality@uhb.nhs.uk
Blood CoagulationUK NEQAS BC has delayed distribution of the Thrombophilia Genetics programme, requiring freshly donated whole blood samples. The large majority of programmes have been distributed on schedule, but with extended closing dates, as participants have experienced delays in sample delivery as well as requiring extra time for carrying out tests.
For most of our programmes, well over 90% of centres have been able to return results.
We are still operating a reduced staffing level in the offices to maximise social distancing and help ensure staff safety - staff are working from home approximately 40% of the time at present.
Our annual scientific meeting (Clinical and Laboratory Haemostasis 2020) would have taken place last week, but was cancelled back in March. Plans are underway for the 2021 meeting.
- email: coag@ukneqas.org.uk
Blood Transfusion Laboratory Practiceemail: btlp@ukneqas.org.uk
Cardiac Markersemail: cardiac@ukneqas.org.uk

Information can be found on the UK NEQAS Cardiac Markers website www.ukneqas-cm.org.uk.
Cellular Pathology TechniqueUK NEQAS CPT are hopeful that they will be able to re-establish the assessment service at the end of July and amend their programme to ensure delivery of the 6 assessment runs in the 20 - 21 subscription period, to allow participants to continue to satisfy their own accreditation requirements.
Last week as part of their Educational commitment to participants CPT also launched a series of Cellular Pathology Webinars, during June and July, which are already fully booked.
- email: cpt@ukneqas.org.uk
Edinburgh Peptide Hormonesemail: ukneqas@ed.ac.uk
Genomics (GenQA)The revised timetable for all EQAs for 2020-21, can be download from our website at https://www.genqa.org/eqa-fees. EQAs will commence on the 1st July 2020.
For our latest news on COVID-19 please go to: www.genqa.org/covid19.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact by telephone may not be possible therefore please email info@genqa.org. Thank you for your continued support.
Guildford Peptide HormonesUK NEQAS Guildford Peptides are operating a normal service - email: insulin@ukneqas.org.uk
Haematology UK NEQAS Haematology is open as usual but operating to a slightly amended schedule for June, as published on our website. Some reports have been delayed as we have allowed participants as much time as possible to return their results. There will be no LN specimens supplied with the June Abnormal Haemoglobins distribution 2003AH because of survey material supply disruption related to the Covid-19 pandemic. - email haem@ukneqas.org.uk rather than phone, where possible.
Head and Neck Pathologyemail: neckpath@ukneqas.org.uk
Histocompatibility & Immunogeneticsemail: handi@ukneqas.org.uk
Immunocytochemistry & In-Situ HybridisationAs announced some time ago, we continue on track to deliver the next EQA run, with an expected despatch date 3rd week in June. Previous EQA run PD-L1 assessment was held over as it requires very specialist external assistance which has now been arranged.

The ICC & ISH offices are now staffed on a regular basis and are receiving telephone calls once more on +44(0)207 415 7065
- email: info@ukneqasiccish.org
Immunology, Immunochemistry & Allergyemail: immunology@ukneqas.org.uk
Leucocyte ImmunophenotypingRunning all services as planned but with home working where possible and limited staff on site - email: lip@ukneqas.org.uk
MicrobiologyUK NEQAS for Microbiology are pleased to announce the resuming of our EQA services from August 2020 to March 2021.

We would like to thank all our participants and distributors for being understanding and patient during this time and we are pleased to be able to re-instate our EQA services, which now includes a new non-accredited scheme for Molecular detection of SARS-CoV-2 EQA

Please click here to view the revised EQA distribution timetable

email: organiser@ukneqasmicro.org.uk
ParasitologyParasitology will resume normal activity in the first week of July 2020 - email: parasite@ukneqas.org.uk
Reproductive ScienceDistribution 105 is now open. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Reproductive Science have extended the deadline for Distribution 105 by an extra four weeks to Monday 29th June, although participants are urged to complete the assessment as soon as they are able to do so - email: repscience@ukneqas.org.uk
Trace ElementsUK NEQAS Trace Elements are operating a normal service - email: trace@ukneqas.org.uk
UK National BNS Neuropathology Interpretative EQA Schemeemail: neuropath@ukneqas.org.uk
Vitamin KVitamin K remains operations an usual - email: keqas@ukneqas.org.uk