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Distribution Schedule 2020 –Updated 17/06/2020

(*indicates changes from original dates published).

Clinical Chemistry 20 Jan; 11 Feb*; 2 Mar; 31 Mar; 5 May; 2 Jun; 6 Jul; 4 Aug; 7 Sep; 5 Oct; 2 Nov; 1 Dec

FBC/Blood Cell Morphology 3 Feb; 27 Apr*; 29 Jun*; 25 Aug*; 12 Oct*; 30 Nov* (A Fresh donor blood survey is planned for the Oct distribution)

HbA1c 13 Jan; 26 May*; 21 Jul*; 1 Sept*; 27 Oct (dates may change; dependent on donor availability)

Note: 5 HbA1c distributions in 2020

NCCP Tumour Markers TBA



Clinical chemistry (general)

One sample, monthly: commercially prepared human-based (lyophilised); 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 or pooled residual 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 3, October 2019 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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