Molecular EQA solutions for SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19)

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Following on from the success of the QCMD 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness EQA Pilot Study, Randox is pleased to announce two new QCMD EQA programmes for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).  Each programme is designed to evaluate a laboratories ability to detect SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) using routine molecular methods and will provide an opportunity to assess performance against an international peer group.

QCMD is a world leading EQA / Proficiency Testing (PT) provider, dedicated to improving the quality of molecular diagnostic assays used in the detection of infectious diseases.  With an extensive database of over 2000 participants in over 100 countries, QCMD is one of the largest providers of molecular EQA in the field of infectious disease testing.

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Features & Benefits

  • Whole Pathogen –The availability of whole pathogen samples containing the entire viral genome, ensures compatibility with the majority of commercial & in-house assays targeting the CDC and WHO consensus sequences.
  • Monitor the Entire Testing Process – EQA samples are designed to mimic the patient sample and assess the full testing process from extraction to amplification and detection.
  • Comprehensive Reports – An individual report is received after each challenge, summarising laboratory performance in comparison to an international peer group.
  • Online EQA Management System – IT EQA Management System (ITEMS) provides an online tool to easily manage all EQA activities from programme registration to submission of results and provision of EQA reports.
  • Not Infectious – Samples containing SARS-CoV-2 are inactivated and not infectious ensuring safe handling of material.

    QCMD 2020 SARS-CoV-2 EQA Study (SCV2)

    The SARS-CoV-2 programme is designed to assess the ability of laboratories to detect SARS-CoV-2 at clinically relevant levels, near the Limit of Detection (LOD) and to assess the specificity of the assay in the presence of other coronaviruses.  Two flexible participation options are available including; a single challenge format comprising 10 samples or a two-challenge format comprising 5 samples per challenge.

    FeatureAvailable Format(s) 
    Catalogue NumberQAV204215_1QAV204215_2
    Number of Challenges12
    Number of Samples per Challenge105
    Distribution / Testing PeriodQ4Q3 and Q4

    Specifications

    Sample NA Target Source – Cultured and/or clinical material
    Target Range – Covers the clinical range
    Matrix – Transport Medium
    Sample Volume – 1 ml
    Analysis Type – Qualitative
    Format – Liquid Frozen

    QCMD 2020 Respiratory I Plus (RESPIplus)

    The new RESPIplus EQA programme covers SARS-CoV-2 in addition to other respiratory pathogens including Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and is ideal for laboratories using multiplex and/or cartridge based molecular systems.  The programme is designed to assess the ability of molecular workflows in the detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 in combination with other respiratory pathogen targets.

    FeatureAvailable Format(s)
    Catalogue NumberQAV204216_1
    Number of Challenges1
    Number of Samples per Challenge10
    Distribution / Testing PeriodQ4

    Specifications

    Sample NA Target Source – Cultured and/or clinical material
    Target Range – Covers the clinical range
    Matrix – Transport Medium
    Sample Volume – 1 ml
    Analysis Type – Qualitative
    Format – Liquid Frozen

    *Randox are authorised by QCMD to provide the QCMD EQA schemes under a strategic global partnership. The EQA design, composition, data analysis & reporting remain the responsibility of QCMD. Please refer to specific geographical regions for further details on availability.

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