In 2021, the Immunology (IMGY) survey will assess CRP (C-reactive Protein), high sensitivity (hs-CRP), and wide-range (wr)CRP assays as a single analyte (CRP). Previously, the IMGY survey targeted low values of CRP, which were best analyzed by hs-CRP assays. Newer immunoassays can measure a broad analytical range of CRP concentrations, and the number of laboratories replacing hs-CRP assays with full range CRP assays continues to increase. In order to assess the full range of clinically-encountered CRP values, the IMGY survey will now offer a range of CRP concentrations (0.1–120.0 mg/L). Assessments will continue to be made by all-methods’ mean.
Ontario-licensed laboratories are provided with sufficient testing material for all analytes on the primary laboratory analyzer or kit. Participants, including Ontario-licensed laboratories, can purchase additional proficiency testing programs for their second/multiple instruments or kits by requesting a quote.
Starting in 2021, all material for the year for the Immunology survey, will be shipped to participants on February 1st, 2021. Laboratories will receive email reminders for testing start dates throughout the year.
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