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Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme – RIQAS at the Point of Care

Designed to improve the quality of Point of Care Testing (POCT) in locations such as pharmacies, GP surgeries, hospital out patient departments, sports clinics, supermarkets, diagnostic/treatment and walk-in centres, RIQAS Point of Care provides independent evidence of the accuracy and reliability of test results. Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme (RIQAS) is the world’s largest EQA scheme with over 45,000 participants in more than 133 countries.

 

Why RIQAS Point of Care?

Whole blood sample

The RIQAS Point of Care scheme is unique in distributing whole blood rather than serum, mimicking what is typically analysed at the point of care and allowing a truer reflection of analyser performance.

One Sample, One Scheme

A ‘One Sample, One Scheme’ solution means all tests are available from a single sample, avoiding the need to participate in multiple EQA schemes.

Ready-to-Use

Samples are supplied in a convenient ready-to-use format, meaning no preparation is required.

Online User Portal

Our user portal offers an easy-to-use interface for programme registration, result submission, and report retrieval. Users can also add new operators, update contact details and analyser specification.

Independent Assessment

We provide independent evidence of satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance.

Easy to Use

Our convienient traffic light system ensures reports are easy to interpret and reflect the accuracy and reliability of patients’ results.

Comprehensive

Historical reports allow analyser calibration issues to be distinguished from operator performance issues.

Customer Support

We support clients in improving their performance while also providing support to commissioners in performance monitoring and management.

Versatile

The scheme is suitable for use with all Point of Care Testing (POCT) devices capable of measuring one or more of the following tests: HDL Cholesterol, Total Cholesterol, HbA1c and C-Reactive Protein (CRP).

Patient Safety

The scheme enhances patient safety in diagnosis and management of long term conditions.

  • How it Works

    On a monthly basis we will distribute an identical sample of blood to all participating sites.  Each participating site will test the sample in the same way they would test a real patient sample, then return their test results to RIQAS within a set time. The scheme is unique in distributing whole blood samples rather than serum based samples, this ensures that samples act identically to real patient samples at the point of care.
    An electronic report is then sent to participants, comparing their results with other participants using the same analyser.  Satisfactory and unsatisfactory performance is represented using a traffic light system, allowing instant identification of any issues. A more detailed breakdown of performance may be obtained if further information is required. With time, an overall picture will emerge showing whether results are consistently accurate and reliable or whether there may be an underlying analyser and/or operator issue.
    RIQAS Point of Care - How it works
  • Tests and Analysers

    Test Role Analysers
    HbA1c • Diagnosing diabetes mellitus
    • Monitoring treatment
    • Encouraging self-management
    Abbott Afinion®
    Roche Cobas b101®
    Quo-Test®
    A1c Now+®
    Total Cholesterol & HDL Cholesterol • Risk factors for heart disease
    • Monitoring lipid lowering therapy
    BHR CardioChek®
    Roche Cobas b101®
    Abbott Afinion®
    Abbott Cholestek®
    C-Reactive Protein (CRP) • Early detection of infectious disease
    • Identifying need for antibiotic treatment
    Abbott Afinion®
    Roche Cobas b101®
    Note – The RIQAS Point of Care range is constantly expanding to include new tests and analysers. Please contact us if your desired analyser or test is not currently displayed.
  • Ordering Information

    Panel Catalogue Number
    Lipids RQ9181/A
    Lipids + 1 panel RQ9181/B
    Lipids + 2 panels RQ9181/C
    Additional Sample RQ9181/D
  • What Participants Say

    Our unrivalled commitment to quality and service ensures high levels of customer satisfaction, this is evident from the responses to our latest customer satisfaction survey:

    “All in all a quick and efficient service”
    “Good online system”
    “Very helpful team”
    “Excellent training”
    “They are an experienced team”
    “Very satisfied with the service that we receive”
    “Very good value for money”
    “The website is great”
  • Distribution Dates

    Distribution Month Sample Distributed Result Submission Deadline
    December 2018 3rd December 10th December
    January 2019 7th January 14th January
    February 2019 4th February 11th February
    March 2019 4th March 11th March
    April 2019 1st April 8th April
    May 2019 6th May 13th May
    June 2019 3rd June 10th June
    July 2019 1st July 8th July
    August 2019 5th August 12th August
    September 2019 2nd September 9th September
    October 2019 7th October 14th October
    November 2019 4th November 11th November
    December 2019 2nd December 9th December
  • Importance of Quality Assurance

    Quality assurance is an essential aspect of any clinical/diagnostic testing service and is aimed at ensuring the accuracy and reliability of patients’ results. The right result allows the right clinical advice to be offered in a timely manner. Quality assurance operates at two levels:


    Internal Quality Control

    Internal Quality Control includes operator training/ competency assessment, analyser/ test system maintenance, and adherence to policies/ processes. Whilst some point of care analysers include inbuilt quality checks, cross-check analysis against samples with known levels provides immediate assurance and evidence that a patient’s result is safe to report.


    External Quality Assessment

    External Quality Assessment involves analysis of samples with unknown levels that have been distributed by an external organisation. Participants are informed how their results compare with other participants, hence providing independent evidence of performance. Increasingly, participation in an external quality assessment scheme is becoming a mandatory requirement where health and healthcare services are being provided.

    EQA provides assurance to both staff and customers that testing provides accurate and reliable results.

    Want to know more?

    Visit our Importance of EQA page to learn more

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