Within scope of accreditation
Determining immunity to Hepatitis B and the level of anti-HBs antibody
PURPOSE OF PROGRAMME:
To provide EQA for laboratories determining immunity to Hepatitis B and the level of anti-HBs antibody
PROGRAMME OF ANALYSIS:
Results are entered online via the UK NEQAS secure website. The distribution is open for three weeks. Intended results are usually uploaded the day after closing date. Late results are not accepted after intended results are uploaded.
Qualitative detection, consensus. General descriptive statistics. Quantitative presentation including median and 5,95% percentiles by method and average of the method medians 5,95% percentiles
PERSISTENT POOR PERFORMANCE:
The first distribution of UK NEQAS for Microbiology was sent out by the then Public Health Laboratory Services on the 1st of May 1971 organised by Dr Peter Crone. This distribution consisted of one scheme, three bacteriology specimens, sent to 67 laboratories in the UK. One of our recent distributions consisted of 12 different schemes, comprising 8 bacteriology, 13 serology, 10 molecular and 9 mycology specimens, and sent to 53 countries representing over 1300 laboratories. UK NEQAS for Microbiology, operated by Public Health England, is a UKAS accredited proficiency testing provider No. 4715.