UK NEQAS Reproductive Science
The United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service
(UKNEQAS) for Reproductive Science is part of Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
External Quality Assurance allows comparison of performance with
other laboratories and ensures clinicians and patients have
confidence in the service. Additionally, it provides evidence of
continuing quality as required by various accrediting bodies.
UK NEQAS Reproductive Science offers 2 assessment schemes,
Andrology and Embryology. Further information on the schemes
is detailed in 'Specimen Distributions' under the heading 'In this
Section' to the right of the webpage.
Click GAMETE EXPERT for online Semen
Motility & Morphology and Embryo Morphology Schemes
Click BIRMINGHAM QUALITY
for Semen Analysis result entry and to download
Click FAQs for Frequently Asked
Questions and Troubleshooting Guide
UK NEQAS Reproductive Science Scheme
Department of Reproductive Medicine
Old Saint Mary's Hospital
Manchester, M13 9WL
Tel No: +44 (0)161-276-6437
Fax No: +44 (0)161-276-6609
Scheme Organiser - Dr. Diane Critchlow
Deputy Organiser - Mrs. Helen Hunter
Scheme Manager - Mr. Peter Goddard
Quality Manager - Miss. Justine Hartley
Administrator - Mrs. Diane Shearden
We have an Annual Participants' Meeting in March for which a
nominal charge is made. This meeting enables participants to remain
up to date in the latest issues and developments around
Reproductive Science. Details are forwarded to all scheme
Six semen analysis workshops are held annually, with a maximum
of 15 participants per day. These days are intended to assist
participants with processing NEQAS samples. Staining techniques are
not demonstrated. The whole training day is eligible for CPD
The day consists of an introductory lecture starting at 09.30.
The remainder of the day is devoted to practical work. Practical
sessions are on sperm concentration, motility and morphology.
Participants will prepare 8 samples for sperm concentration,
complete training videos of motility in groups of 3-4 and look at
morphology on a one-to-one basis.
A course manual is supplied to all participants. UK NEQAS
Reproductive Science staff are available to answer questions
throughout the day. There is a working lunch where delegates are
encouraged to discuss any problems. Finally the course
questionnaires are collected and the day ends at 16.00.
Participants MUST be able to:
- operate a microscope
- perform dilutions using an automatic pipette.
- use a counting chamber.
It is also recommended participants have processed at least one
UK NEQAS distribution before attendance on the course.
Dates for workshops are sent out to participating laboratories
who have asked to be put on a waiting list two weeks prior to
sending information out to all participants.
Webpages last updated December 2014