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

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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 47,000 participants in more than 139 countries.

Why RIQAS Point of Care?

About RIQAS Point of Care

  • 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

    TestRole
    HbA1c• Diagnosing diabetes mellitus
    • Monitoring treatment
    • Encouraging self-management
    Total Cholesterol & HDL Cholesterol• Risk factors for heart disease
    • Monitoring lipid lowering therapy
    C-Reactive Protein (CRP)• Early detection of infectious disease
    • Identifying need for antibiotic treatment
    Glucose• Diagnose and monitor diabetes
    • Monitor for the presence of hypoglycaemia
    (low blood glucose) and hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose)
    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
    Ketones• To determine whether excessive ketones are
    present in the blood, to detect diabetic
    ketoacidosis (DKA)
    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

    PanelCatalogue Number
    LipidsRQ9181/A
    Lipids + 1 panelRQ9181/B
    Lipids + 2 panelsRQ9181/C
    Additional SampleRQ9181/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 MonthSample DistributedResult Submission Deadline
    March 20202nd March11th March
    April 20206th April15th April
    May 20204th May13th May
    June 20201st June10th June
    July 20206th July15th July
    August 20203rd August12th August
    September 20207th September16th September
    October 20205th October14th October
    November 20202nd November11th November
    December 20207th December16th 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.

Want to know more?

Contact us or download the RIQAS Point of Care catalogue to learn more.

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