Diagnostics and Laboratory Technology

Quality assurance

The maintenance of a quality management system is crucial to a laboratory for providing the correct test results every time.

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Quality assurance

Important elements of a quality management system include:

  • Documentation
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
  • Quality Control samples
  • External Quality Assessment Scheme
Quality control

Are procedures used in each assay to assure a test run is valid and results are reliable:

  • Kit Controls
  • Quality Control Samples
External quality assessment schemes (EQAS)

Aims to analyse the accuracy of the entire testing process from receipt of sample and testing of sample to reporting of results (also known as proficiency testing)

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