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NQAAP and JWG

National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel (NQAAP) and Joint Working Group (JWG) for Reproductive Science

NQAAP

Function

The NQAAPs are professional groups which have executive responsibility for maintaining satisfactory standards of analytical and interpretative work in laboratories in the UK, whether in the private or in the public sector, in which investigations are performed for the detection, diagnosis or management of disease in humans. The Royal College of Pathologists, the Institute of Biomedical Science and two or three other appropriate professional bodies each nominate one member, who normally serve for four years. The Chairperson of each of the Panels reports to the Joint Working Group on Quality Assurance.

The Panels work closely with the Organisers of the relevant UK NEQAS and other approved EQA schemes, who bring to their attention laboratories whose performance and/or frequency of returns are judged unsatisfactory by criteria agreed by the Panels with the appropriate Steering Committee. At this stage the Panels identify the laboratory only by code. A Panel reviews information provided by the Organiser and if it decides to intervene in the case of a particular laboratory, the Chairman writes a 'Dear Colleague' letter, which is forwarded to the laboratory by the Organiser. This asks about problems which have been identified and remedial action taken and offers to provide help and advice. Recipients are assured of the professional relationship which exists between the Panel and participants and are invited to disclose their identity when they reply. If a participant remains anonymous, choosing not to disclose their identity to the Panel Chairman, and the poor performance continues, the Panel Chairman will then ask the Organiser for the address of the laboratory. The Panel Chairman will then communicate directly with the Head of Department.

Click here for information on the Reproductive NQAAP on the Royal College of Pathologists website.

The NQAAP for Reproductive Science meets twice a year. Its membership is as follows:

Chair, Representative of the Royal College of Pathologists:
Dr Paul Bishop
 
Chair Elect, Representative of the Royal College of Pathologists:
Dr Bryan Woodward
 
Representative of the British Andrology Society:
Dr Jackson Kirkman Brown MBE
 
Representative of the Institute of Biomedical Science:
Mrs Beverley Duffy
 
Representative of the Association Biomedical Andrologists:
Miss Karla Biddick
 
Representative of Association of Clinical Embryologists:
Dr Rachel Gregoire
 
Representative Of British Fertility Soceity:
Mr Kevin McEleny
 

Joint Working Group for Quality Assurance (JWG)

Function 

The JWG is a multidisciplinary group accountable to the Royal College of Pathologists for the oversight of performance in external quality assurance schemes (EQA) in the UK. Membership consists of the Chairmen of the National Quality Assurance Advisory Panels (NQAAPs), and representatives from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the Independent Healthcare Sector, the Department of Health and CPA (UK) Ltd.

Click here for the Joint Working Group Conditions of EQA scheme participation on the Royal College of Pathologists website.

Webpages updated Jan 2015.