Health & Medical Cancer & Oncology

External Quality Assessment in Molecular Pathology

External Quality Assessment in Molecular Pathology

Criteria for a Reference Laboratory


Reference laboratories should be selected on their experience with the relevant diagnostic test, access to samples and their ability to coordinate and execute the EQA scheme in collaboration with the scheme provider. The reference laboratory should be a fully equipped ISO 15189 accredited molecular pathology laboratory with well-trained pathologists, clinical molecular biologists and technicians. The reference laboratories are involved in the pre-testing of scheme samples that have been selected by the EQA provider and medical and technical expert(s). Samples should only serve as the standard when at least two reference laboratories pre-tested the samples with the same test result. Only samples that are tested by all reference laboratories with identical results should be used in the EQA scheme.



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