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PT Take-Away: Important notice: Proficiency Testing survey shipments

By Editor on 3/24/2020


With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, your facility may be revising its shipping/receiving protocols. To ensure proficiency testing surveys are delivered to your site without interruption, we ask that you provide any changes in receiving dock protocol to We will work with you on a survey-by-survey basis to ensure your survey materials are received.

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Pathology Proficiency Testing survey PATH‑2003: Slide assessment postponed

By Editor on 3/17/2020
The following Pathology surveys, with a submission due date of March 20, 2020 will continue, as scheduled; however, the slide assessment has been postponed to a later date, as we continue to monitor the current situation with COVID-19.
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Important notice: IQMH response to COVID-19

By Editor on 3/16/2020

Updated March 23, 2020

IQMH Response to COVID-19

Updates regarding IQMH’s response to COVID-19 will be communicated online at 

IQMH is currently in the process of moving to a completely virtual office.

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Hemoglobin Measurement – Pre-analytical Factors and Comparison Between Analytical Methods

By Editor on 3/16/2020

Manisha Shah, Danijela Konforte, Miranda Wozniak

Hemoglobin (Hb) is a blood protein that carries oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues. Its measurement is part of a complete blood count – a commonly ordered blood test that aids in the screening and diagnosis of many diseases.


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Antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario: Annual Survey Report 2018

By Editor on 3/11/2020

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario); Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare. Antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario: annual laboratory and hospital survey report 2018 Public Health Ontario (PHO), in partnership with the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH), has published its annual laboratory and hospital survey report on antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario.

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PT Take-Away: Interpretation of the new Proficiency Testing Chemistry survey reports

By Editor on 2/20/2020

One of the most significant changes in 2020 is the redesign of the Proficiency Testing (PT) Chemistry program. A summary of changes to the Serum and Urine Chemistry surveys can be seen in Table 1.

The first Urine Chemistry survey of the year is now closed, and completely redesigned survey reports will be provided to participants. An instruction document has been created to guide participants in interpreting the new survey reports. Participants are encouraged to read the document, Instruction - Interpretation of Proficiency Testing Survey Reports - CHEM, which is available in QView.

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Did you miss the 2020 Proficiency Testing survey enrolment deadline?

By Editor on 1/23/2020
Good news, there’s still time to enrol in the 2020 Proficiency Testing surveys. Participation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis subject to testing material availability. Request a quote today by using the online “request a quote” application:, or email
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Biotin: Mechanisms of interference in immunoassays and mitigation strategies

By Editor on 1/20/2020

By Victor Leung, Dana Nyholt-Bailey, IQMH Endocrinology and Immunology Scientific Committee and Staff


Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of cases of biotin interference with streptavidin-biotin (SB)-based immunoassays reported in the literature. Biotin interference with laboratory tests, specifically SB-based immunoassays, is potentially dangerous, as it may cause spurious test results leading to misdiagnosis and patient mismanagement.


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Order Deadline for Proficiency Testing surveys is fast approaching. Act now!

By Editor on 11/29/2019

Order deadline December 15, 2019

The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing is pleased to announce the availability of its Proficiency Testing Programs in the 2020 Catalogue.

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