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EditorILAC brochure on the benefits of accreditation revised

The following brochure outlining the role and benefit of accreditation in health and social care has been revised and is available for your use from the ILAC website.

2 days ago

EditorIQMH moves to a virtual office in response to COVID-19

IQMH is in the process of moving to a completely virtual office. Since March 16, 2020, the majority of staff have been working from home connected to our server and applications through a secure VPN.

3 days ago

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




5 days ago

EditorCentre for Proficiency Testing: PATH 2003 Surveys

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.

1 week ago

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

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.

1 week ago

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

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 2018Public 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.

2 weeks ago

EditorChanges to the IQMH Accreditation Assessor program

Over the past year, IQMH Centre for Accreditation has been reviewing the processes for the Accreditation Assessor program and some changes have been made in order to ensure our processes are of the highest quality. This article should be read in conjunction with General Policies for Assessors (Politiques générales à l'intention des évaluateurs), available on the IQMH website

1 month ago

EditorCongratulations to Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) first to achieve ISO 15189 <em>Plus</em>™ Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation in Canada

Congratulations to Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) the first hospital organization in Canada to achieve ISO 15189 Plus™ Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation status from the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH).

1 month ago

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

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.

1 month ago

EditorValuable Educational Summary of Version 8 Now Available!

Version 8 (December 2019) of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements was made available mid-December.(Elevate, Version 8 of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements is now available! December 2019:

2 months ago

EditorDid you miss the 2020 Proficiency Testing survey enrolment deadline?

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

2 months ago

EditorBiotin: Mechanisms of interference in immunoassays and mitigation strategies

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.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported increased adverse events related to biotin interference of SB-dependent immunoassays including a falsely low troponin and subsequent death1, whereas Health Canada has published at least nine Recalls & Safety Alerts since 2017 related to biotin interference of lab tests in commonly used clinical analyzers.2 Most commonly are those associated with inaccurate thyroid hormone or PTH quantitation; most significantly are those associated with deaths including false-negative troponin. Less commonly reported are interferences impacting pregnancy testing or infectious disease serology. These public reports clearly demonstrate an urgent need to address the issues pertaining to biotin interference.

What is biotin?

2 months ago

EditorServer Shutdown - QView™ and will not be available and will not be available on Saturday, January 25th starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET) until 9:00 a.m. (ET) due to planned maintenance. You are encouraged to make appropriate work-related arrangements to accommodate the server shutdown.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

2 months ago

EditorA New Outlook on Internal Auditing in London, Ontario

Thursday, April 30 to Friday, May 1, 2020

2 months ago

EditorPresident's End of Year Message

There are times it feels difficult to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us once again. This year seems to have gone by especially quickly! I guess the old adage about time appearing to pass by faster and faster the older you get is true—at least for me!  In any case, here we are, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you peace, hope and joy during the holiday season, and throughout 2020.

3 months ago

EditorVersion 8 of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements is now available!

We are pleased to announce that Version 8 (December 2019) of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements is now available. Laboratories currently enrolled for IQMH Accreditation have access to all files related to this version via their password-protected QView™ account. The QView™ folder with these files can be found under “General - Accreditation, Laboratory Program, Accreditation Requirements”. It contains the requirements, a change report comparing Version 7.1 to Version 8, and an updated list of references to support the requirements. Documents are available in English and in French.

3 months ago

EditorCongratulations to our newest ISO 15189 Plus™-accredited facility

We are pleased to announce that
William Osler Health System has achieved ISO 15189 Plus™ Accreditation for the services they provide on the floor they operate at the Reactivation Care Centre (RCC), Church St. Site.

3 months ago

EditorView the new Anatomic Pathology e-Learn LAB module!

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3 months ago

EditorHoliday office closure notice

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3 months ago


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