IQMH brings together experts in the field of laboratory medicine in order to elevate confidence in the healthcare system.
The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing Scientific Committees are composed of physicians, technologists and scientists who provide advice to IQMH regarding the fundamental design of Proficiency Testing surveys and ensure that clinically-relevant selection of challenges and appropriate performance evaluation are developed and implemented each year.
In an innovative effort to bring the laboratory community together, Accreditation Assessors work together as peer assessors for the IQMH Centre for Accreditation. This allows laboratories to learn from one another and forge new relationships. Assessors gain insight into how other laboratories work, develop a detailed understanding of the ISO 15189 standard and help other medical laboratories improve their processes and procedures.
IQMH is grateful for the commitment and support of the medical laboratory community and thanks all the volunteers who donate their time and valuable expertise to our programs.
This month, IQMH recognizes Tracy Stockley, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG, Associate Director, Genome Diagnostics, University Health Network who has served IQMH as a volunteer for the IQMH Centre for Accreditation since the early days of the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation program.
Tracy Stockley, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG, Associate Director, Genome Diagnostics, University Health Network
I am the Associate Director of the Genome Diagnostics Division in the Department of Pathology at University Health Network, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at University of Toronto. I am a Fellow of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists in the Molecular Genetics specialty. Before moving to University Health Network in 2013, I was a laboratory director in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2000 to 2013. As a clinical molecular geneticist, I oversee the diagnostic services of the molecular laboratory, review, interpret and report molecular results, and provide consultations to physicians and other health care providers. I also have an ongoing interest in the development of genomic tests and the application of new technologies such as Next Generation Sequencing to patient care for inherited disease and acquired cancers.
I became involved with IQMH in the early days of the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) program when the first accreditation requirements were being developed, and attended early meetings where genetic laboratory specialists provided input into the initial OLA genetic requirements. The new OLA program started my interest in quality management for molecular diagnostics, and I attended one of the first OLA accreditation assessor training sessions in 2003. As an OLA assessor, I participated in many peer assessments in Ontario and in other provinces as an expert in the specialties of molecular genetics, molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics. During these assessment visits I have always been impressed with the high standards for laboratory accreditations conducted by the IQMH Centre for Accreditation and the commitment to the program from other peer assessors.
Quality management for molecular diagnostics is a fascinating and rapidly changing field driven by the many new genomic technology and new genomic tests, which are constantly being developed and implemented for patient care. In 2014, I was honoured to be invited to join the IQMH Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Panel, which provides advice, guidance and direction in the operations of the IQMH accreditation program. I have really appreciated learning more about the accreditation aspects of specialties outside of genetics during my time on the Panel. During the past 15 years I have also participated in development of many clinical laboratory guidelines for molecular diagnostics with groups including the Canadian College of Medical Genetics, EuroGenTest and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, and recently joined the International Organization for Standardization new Working Group on Molecular Genetics which is developing ISO quality standards for molecular diagnostic tests and methods. It has truly been a great experience volunteering with IQMH, and I appreciate the excellent work and dedication of IQMH staff and the enthusiasm of my genetic colleagues in improving quality with clinical genetic laboratories within Canada. I am proud to have been a part of IQMH’s growth over the last 15 years, and am excited to continue to contribute to IQMH’s future goals.