PGD Blastomere/Trophectoderm (Array/NGS) Aneuploidy Testing|
Extension of scope pending.
Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis, testing for Aneuploidy by array or NGS.
PURPOSE OF PROGRAMME:
To establish the cytogenomic analytical and interpretative capabilities of the participating laboratory specific to aneuploidy testing of Blastomere/Trophectoderm samples.
|DNA extracted from Blastomere/Trophectoderm.||Qualitative detection of absence/presence of aneuploidy.|
MATERIAL PROVIDED: DNA samples for testing.
DISTRIBUTIONS PER YEAR: 1
SAMPLES PER DISTRIBUTION: 3
FREQUENCY OF DISTRIBUTION: 1 distribution in accordance with the annual EQA timetable, offered in collaboration with UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics.
PROGRAMME OF ANALYSIS:
DNA samples are sent to the laboratory, each with a referral card to mimic a routine diagnostic case. Instructions and a user guide are available on the website. The scheme is not prescriptive as to the technique used (e.g. array, NGS) provided the limitations of the test used are stated in the report (ISO15189). The participant analyses the sample, interprets the results and reports via the CEQAS website. The EQA is open for 6 weeks. Results can be entered at any time during this period. Any non-submitting labs will be contacted and given 24 hours to submit a late result.
All EQA cases are validated prior to release. Results are assessed by a panel of experts against set marking criteria based upon professional guidelines. There are three marking categories, Analytical, Interpretation and Clerical Accuracy. Each category carries two points. Deductions are made in accordance with the severity of the omission. A “critical error” is an error made in either the analytical or interpretive category that could lead to serious clinical consequences or imply a significant lack of diagnostic skill or scientific knowledge on the part of the participating laboratory. All critical errors are given a zero score and are designated as poor performance. A critical error in one category may result in the remaining categories being left unmarked. Any poor performance is ratified by the PGD Specialist Advisory Group.
PERSISTENT POOR PERFORMANCE:
This is defined as: a) Two poor performances in any PGD array/NGS EQA in which the laboratory participates, over three or more distributions of material, within a 36 month rolling period; b) A poor performance within one year following a previous persistent poor performance designation.
From 1st January 2018, Cytogenomics External Quality Assessment Service (CEQAS) and UK National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) for Molecular Genetics merged to become Genomics Quality Assessment (GenQA).