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EQA Designed to Provide Peace of Mind 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 EQA provides independent evidence of the accuracy and reliability of test results.

Why RIQAS Point of Care?

Programme Offering

Tests

Role

Matrix

Lipids (Total Cholesterol & HDL Cholesterol)*

  • Risk Factor for heart Disease
  • Monitoring lipid lowering therapy

Whole Blood

HbA1c (Glycated Hemoglobin)*

  • Diagnosing diabetes mellitus
  • Monitoring treatment
  • Encouraging self-management

Whole Blood

CRP (C Reactive Protein)*

  • Early detection of infectious disease
  • Identifying need for antibiotic treatment

Whole Blood

Glucose / Ketones

  • Diagnose and monitor diabetes
  • Monitor the presence of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose)
  • To determine whether excessive ketones are present in the blood, to detect diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

Serum

International Normalised Ratio (INR)

  • Used to measure the effect of anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin
  • Help diagnose a bleeding disorder; to help estimate the severity of liver disease

Whole Blood

  • Key Cycle Dates

    RQ9181
    Distribution Month Sample Distributed Result Submission Deadline
    January 2024 8th January 17th January
    February 2024 5th February 14th February
    March 2024 4th March 13th March
    April 2024 2nd April 10th April
    May 2024 6th  May 15th May
    June 2024 3rd June 12th June
    July 2024 1st  July 10th July
    August 2024 5th August 14th August
    September 2024 2nd September 11th September
    October 2024 7th October 16th October
    November 2024 4th November 13th November
    December 2024 2nd December 11th December
  • What Participants Say

    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”

  • The Importance of Quality Assurance

    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.

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