EQA for Point-of-Care

Until recently quality assurance including IQC and EQA was thought to be unnecessary in the field of point-of-care however due to a large increase in the number of point-of-care tests available quality control has become crucial in preventing patient misdiagnosis.

ISO 22870:2006 ‘Point-of-Care testing (POCT) – Requirements for quality and competence’ provides requirements specific to point-of-care testing and is intended for use in conjunction with ISO 15189. The standard clearly states that the quality manager is responsible for the design, implementation and operation of quality control procedures to ensure point-of-care testing conforms to the quality standards of a central laboratory. It also requires participation in an external quality assessment scheme where available.

RIQAS are a leading provider of EQA programmes suited to POCT. The following programmes are particularly suited due to the liquid ready-to-use format and convenient +2-8°C storage.

Non-Conformances identified in sites seeking accreditation
- Ontario Laboratory accreditation Programme

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