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This article is to address the interpretation of the following IQMH Accreditation Requirement:
V.A.12: Single use equipment shall be disposed of appropriately after each collection. All reusable equipment that comes into contact with a patient shall be appropriately cleaned and disinfected or sterilized prior to each use, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
There are three requirements related to comparability studies in section VII of the IQMH Accreditation Requirements and Guidance Information.
The IQMH Consensus Practice Recommendations on Laboratory Investigation of Malarial Parasites was recently revised in December 2015 (available in QView™ under General – Proficiency Testing, PT Guidelines and Recommendations, Hematology). The most significant change to this document is the recommendation to report the parasitemia level as a per cent (%). Although the parasitemia level is not a precise measurement, it provides useful information to the clinician as a measure of the severity of the disease and to monitor effectiveness of therapy.
I heard that a new version of ISO 9001 is going to be released soon. How will that affect ISO 15189 and the IQMH Accreditation Requirements?
Since the completion of the original Human Genome Project using Sanger sequencing in 2001, there have been many advances in sequencing technologies. Most recently, the invention of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is allowing laboratories to use whole genome sequencing in a clinical application.1 Today, there are many different platforms to perform NGS and competition between companies has lowered the cost of this application.1 The incorporation of this type of testing into the diagnostic world will be one of the main contributions to providing personalized, unique healthcare to patients.1
Proficiency testing is the act of determining laboratory performance (i.e., assessment of standards of performance) by means of inter-laboratory comparison. PT for medical laboratories has a rich and august history:
Since December 2013, IQMH Centre for Accreditation has been assessing laboratories against the newest version of the requirements, Version 6.0.
Listed below are the top five non-conformances generated from March 2014 to present.
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