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IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing offers surveys for a broad range of laboratory examinations/testing. Participants may be enrolled by a government regulator (as is the case in Ontario for licensed medical laboratories) or by voluntary enrolment. Requests for voluntary enrolment range from single laboratories wishing to enrol in existing surveys to jurisdictions wishing to develop separate programs for multiple laboratories.
The Centre for Proficiency Testing is excited to offer 127 surveys to Ontario-licensed facilities in 2017!
A complete list of the testing programs can be found in the 2017 Proficiency Testing Catalogue.
• Fecal-Occult Blood (CHEM-FOB)
• Fetal-Maternal Hemorrhage (HEMA-FMH)
• Automated Body Fluid Cell Count (HEMA-ABF)
• Flow Cytometry for Hematologic Disorders (FLOW-HD)
Proficiency testing should help laboratories optimize their performance. By participating in proficiency testing, laboratories receive data comparing their performance to peer groups using both similar and different methods. This information provides a retrospective review of performance and may identify opportunities for improvement. Therefore, proficiency testing is an essential element in laboratories’ quality management systems.
As announced in the January edition of Elevate, Changes coming to IQMH online forms, the Centre for Proficiency Testing will be phasing out the PDF worksheets and gradually implementing the new cross-browser-compatible HTML worksheets. Some surveys may still use the PDF worksheets: however, by the end of 2016, all forms will be the HTML format.
The 2016 Proficiency Testing Schedule has been published on the IQMH website at IQMH.org. The schedule is updated in the fall of each year for the next calendar year and is maintained according to schedule changes.
IQMH is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Proficiency Testing Catalogue that contains the upcoming year’s analytes/parameters monitored.
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