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Quality assurance

The MMMP has full Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA UK Reference No 0635) for microbiology services. The laboratory is currently working towards meeting the requirements of ISO 15189

Quality assurance schemes such as EQA and IQA help make sure the department's high quality standards are maintained. The results sent out by this laboratory are of the highest possible quality. To this end we have a Quality Management System (QMS) and participate in the UK National External Quality Assurance Scheme (UKNEQAS) and Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics (QCMD) for a wide range of microbiological investigations. UKNEQAS/QCMD are central organisations that operate on a country wide basis and monitors our performance regularly by sending simulated samples for analysis. Where EQA schemes are not available, interlaboratory comparison is arranged with other laboratories.

An experienced consultant team offers support to clinicians and service users 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The team provides information related to using the service, interpretation of test results and clinical advice on therapy, prophylaxis and immunisations.

Training is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for biomedical scientist specialist training, and by the Royal College of Pathologists for medical training. We also support Manchester Metropolitan University, delivering training in biomedical science and have a long-standing relationship with the University of Manchester for research and development and post-graduate training and supervision.