Within scope of accreditation
Diagnosis of the sexually transmitted organism Treponema pallidum. UK recommendations for the diagnosis of syphilis other than tissue or lymph node examinations involve serological testing using EIA, TPPA and TPHA. Confirmatory testing using IgG immunoblot is recommended. The nontreponemal tests (VDRL, RPR) are used to stage the disease and monitor the serological response to treatment.
PURPOSE OF PROGRAMME:
To provide EQA for laboratories carrying out the various tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of treatment of syphilis
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.
PERSISTENT POOR PERFORMANCE:
See the Annual Directory for UK and Irish participants only
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.