IEQAS Schemes

IEQAS Schemes Distribution Schedule 2021


Clinical Chemistry: Jan 5th, Feb 1st, Mar 1st, Apr 6th, May 4th, Jun 8th, Jul 5th, Aug 3rd, Sept 6th, Oct 4th, Nov 1st, Nov 29th.

FBC/Blood Cell Morphology:  Feb 2nd  # , Mar 22nd, May 31st *, Jul 27th ##, Sept 20th, Nov 22nd.

HbA1c: Jan 12th, Mar 23rd, Jun 15th###, Aug 24th####, Oct 26th **.


# Distribution date changed from Jan 25th to Feb 2nd

*Fresh Blood Survey - Distribution date changed from May 24th to May 31st

## Distribution date changed from July 19th to July 27th

### Distribution date changed from June 14th to June 15th

#### Distribution date changed from Aug 23rd to Aug 24th

**EurA1c survey Date TBC



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.


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 educational scheme with no laboratory scoring, but with individual comments and advice as appropriate.  Annual review at IEQAS Conference.



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 and effective Near Patient Testing (NPT) 2021Update details