To improve quality control, ensure best practice and gain ISO
accreditation clinical laboratories must have an effective Quality
Assurance (QA) programme.
The object of QA is to ensure that the right result is provided
on the right specimen at the right time, and interpreted according
to the right reference data.
This process requires a combination of Internal Quality Control
(IQC) of the everyday analytical process and participation in
External Quality Assessment (EQA) programmes, where overall
accuracy and comparability of results between centres may be
Quality assurance schemes are available for most analytical
processes and the DLM participates in numerous schemes including
External Quality Assessment from UK
NEQAS which offers participation to the UK and overseas
UK NEQAS schemes conform to high standards of professionalism,
impartiality, clinical relevance and strict financial
accountability across all disciplines and specialities, so that all
concerned with the quality of laboratory investigations may have
confidence in the service provided.