Direct Immunofluorescence (DIF)
Full ISO 17043 Pending (8268)
Cellular Pathology Diagnostics
PURPOSE OF PROGRAMME:
To support proactive identification and correction of issues, and assist in quality improvement for surgical samples to ensure best practice in DIF techniques and immunofluorescence analysis.
MATERIAL PROVIDED: Diagnostic images submitted from Participants archive
DISTRIBUTIONS PER YEAR: 6
SAMPLES PER DISTRIBUTION: 4
FREQUENCY OF DISTRIBUTION: Bi Monthly
PROGRAMME OF ANALYSIS:
Web Based Scheme
Individual reports following each assessment • A detailed summary of the scoring against designated criteria, including detailed explanations of each criteria allocated against that submission • Frequency charts of submission scores, illustrating the distribution of participant scores for each assessment run and the mean participant score for the submissions for that assessment run • A summary of scores from the last 5 assessment runs Generic Best Method Report Generic Image Report
Performance is scored by an expert team of biomedical scientists, advanced practitioners, clinical scientists and consultant pathologists, with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of cellular pathology.
Initial issues with performance managed locally by UK NEQAS CPT.
PERSISTENT POOR PERFORMANCE:
Persistent performance issues will be referred to NQAAP (UK Clinical Laboratories). Unresolved performance issues may be referred to QAPC by NQAAP (UK Clinical Laboratories).
Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT)
UK NEQAS Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT) is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of EQA and proficiency testing programmes for all aspects of tissue diagnostics. The result of many years of evolution and development in the field of Cellular Pathology Technical EQA and proficiency testing, UK NEQAS CPT provide a secure and established set of Schemes, with a first-class reputation and an extensive and stable participant base. UK NEQAS CPT has been successfully running for 30 years, encompassing EQA and proficiency testing programmes, education and support for all practicing clinical and non-clinical pathology based facilities in the UK and across the globe. Accredited to International Standards, UK NEQAS CPT is UKAS accredited proficiency testing provider No. 8268. Our aim is to ensure that all our participants receive high quality, appropriate, clinically relevant and challenging samples that fully meet their facility’s requirements; and that our assessment of those samples is consistent, carried out by qualified assessors, graded and anonymously compared and peer reviewed. Our participating laboratories in over 40 countries, collectively submit over 20, 000 patient samples per annum, to be graded by our experts, to guide and to ensure best practice and gold standard results for participating laboratories and patient care.