Electron Microscopy unit scores full marks in quality scheme
The Electron Microscopy (EM) unit at
Central Manchester University Hospitals was one of only four
worldwide to score full marks in a technical element of its quality
scheme last year.
The EM unit scored 100% in the assessment of quality of tissue
fixation, processing and staining, sectioning and digital image
presentation in the 2015 cycle of the Electron Microscopy module of
the Royal College of
Pathologists Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) for
The service also scored full marks in the diagnostic element and
gained a commendably high score in the other technical element:
artefact recognition and rectification.
The move towards the ISO
15189:2012 standard means the EM unit, which is part of the
Cellular Pathology department, is required to enrol and participate
in an External Quality Assessment (EQA) scheme.
Although UKNEQAS is
currently developing a pilot EQA scheme for EM, there are very few
organised schemes available in which to participate at present.
The department decided to enrol on the RCPAQAP scheme, which is
well organised and has participants across the world, including a
growing number from the UK due to the advent of ISO 15189
accreditation of pathology laboratories in this country.
A total of 26 EM units participated in last year's
The assessment comprises two comprehensive technical elements
for Biomedical Scientists and a diagnostic element for