IEQAS Schemes

Distribution Schedule 2019

Clinical Chemistry 7 Jan; 4 Feb; 4 Mar; 8 Apr; 7 May; 4 Jun; 8 Jul; 6 Aug; 2 Sep; 8 Oct; 4 Nov; 2 Dec

FBC/Blood Cell Morphology 28 Jan; 25 Mar; 27 May; 29 Jul; 23 Sep; 25 Nov

HbA1c  15 Jan; 12 Mar; 21 May; 13 Aug; 15 Oct (dates may change; dependent on donor availability)

Note: 5 HbA1c distributions in 2019

NCCP Tumour Markers 11 Feb; 13 May; 13 Aug;  11 Nov


Clinical chemistry (general)

One sample, monthly: commercially prepared human-based (lyophilised or liquid); or fresh serum. 

Alb, Chol, HDL, LDL, Creat, eGFR, Ca, Ca(adj), Cl, Gluc, Iron, Transferrin, K, Lactate, Li, Mg, Na, Osmol, Phos, TBili, TProt, Trig, Urate, Urea, ALT, AST, Amylase, ALP, CK, GGT, LDH.


Two samples, 5 distributions/year: fresh donor blood, with HbA1c values covering the diabetes range; IFCC reference values assigned by the European Reference Laboratory for Glycohemoglobin. 

Also suitable for POCT meters. 

POCT reference documents

Guidance on the Provision of Testing Services in Pharmacies, PSI, Version 1, Feb 2014 details

Guidelines for Safe & Effective Management & Use of Point of Care Testing, 2007 details

Guidelines for Safe & Effective Management & Use of Point of Care Testing (Primary and Community Care), 2009  details


Full Blood Count

Two samples, bi-monthly: commercially prepared; or fresh blood.


Blood Cell Morphology

One sample, bi-monthly: stained blood smears, with summary FBC data.

Manual 100 cell differential count and most significant morphological observations. Primarily an education scheme with no laboratory scoring, but with individual comments and advice as appropriate.  Annual review at IEQAS Conference.

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