IEQAS Schemes Distribution Schedule 2023
Clinical Chemistry: 3 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 27 Mar, 2 May, 29 May, 3 Jul, 8 Aug, 4 Sept, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec
FBC/Blood Cell Morphology: 13 Feb, 28 Mar, 22 May, 24 Jul, 18 Sept, 27 Nov
HbA1c: 17 Jan, 21 Mar, 20 Jun, 22 Aug, 24 Oct*
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, bi-monthly: commercially prepared; or fresh blood.
WCC, RBC, Hb, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, Plt, RDW.
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