Microbiology (Bacterial Identification) Programme

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Microbiology (Bacterial Identification) Programme

The RIQAS Microbiology Programme includes the identification of micro-organisms to Gram positive/negative, Genus and Species levels, together with Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing according to chosen Guidelines.

Available in a bi-monthly format with 3 samples distributed twice per year.  Each strain is presented in a lyophilised pellet form within a self-contained tube containing a pre-filled ampoule for reconstitution, therefore helping to avoid cross contamination.

  • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
  • Multiple registrations allow for comparison between lab staff
  • Possible to be used as a training tool for new and current staff
  • Samples are manufactured to the highest quality
  • Bi-monthly reporting
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net

     

    NOTE: Antibiotic resistance assessment (Resistant/Intermediate/Susceptible) is provided for your own and other guidelines. Commencing July 2022

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    DescriptionFrequencyCat. No 
    Microbiology ProgrammeBi-monthly, 3 samples x 2 distributions per yearRQ9197

     

    Microbiology reports available on RIQAS.net include:

    • Bacterial Identification Report
    • Bacterial Identification – Historical Performance
    • Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
    • Cefepime

    Serum Indices External Quality Assessment

    The RIQAS Serum Indices EQA programme is designed for the pre-analytical assessment of Haemolytic, Icteric and Lipemic (HIL) interferences.

    Available in a bi-monthly format with the option to report either quantitative or semi-quantitative results for the HIL parameters, this programme also provides an assessment on how these interferences impact on up to 25 routine chemistry parameters. This provides invaluable information on whether a correct judgement is being made to report results.

    • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
    • Human based serum ensuring commutable sample matrix
    • Bi-monthly reporting
    • HIL parameters include the option of quantitative or semi-quantitative reporting
    • Interpretation of chemistry parameter results
    • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net

       

      NOTE: If you require additional Serum Indices EQA material, you can purchase RQ9194/A. This is an additional pack containing 9 x 1ml vials to be used as a supplement to your main RQ9194 Serum Indices programme.

      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartReturns 
      RQ91942 x (9 x1ml)Bi-monthly (9 samples per distribution), 2 distributions per cycleOctober3 samples bi-monthly

      Indices Assessment (Quantitative and Semi-Quantitative)

      • Haemolysis
      • Icteric
      • Lipemic

      Parameter Assessment (Quantitative)

      • ALP
      • ALT
      • AST
      • D. Bilirubin
      • T. Bilirubin
      • Calcium
      • Chloride
      • Cholesterol
      • CK NAC
      • Creatinine
      • GGT
      • Glucose
      • HDL
      • Iron
      • Lactate
      • LDH
      • Lipase
      • Magnesium
      • Phosphate
      • Potassium
      • Protein Total
      • Sodium
      • Triglycerides
      • Urea
      • Uric Acid

      Cytokine Programme

      Introducing our new RIQAS Cytokine programme. The RIQAS Cytokine  programme is a comprehensive EQA programme suitable for monitoring the performance of 12 different Cytokines.

      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • All samples should be analysed and results submitted together
      • Samples are manufactured to the highest quality ensuring the matrix reacts in same manner as patients sample.
      Cat NoKit SizeParametersCycle StartReturns 
      RQ919512 x 1ml12October3 samples bi-monthly

      Parameters

      Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
      Interleukin – 1 alpha (IL-1α)
      Interleukin – 1 beta (IL-1β)
      Interleukin – 2 (IL-2)
      Interleukin – 4 (IL-4)
      Interleukin – 6 (IL-6)

      Interleukin – 8 (IL-8)
      Interleukin – 10 (IL-10)
      Interferon gamma (INF-Y)
      Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein -1 (MCP-1)
      Tumour Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-α)
      Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Therapeutic Drugs External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Therapeutic Drug EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of an impressive 18 therapeutic drugs. Weighed in values are reported for each parameter.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • 100% human serum
      • Bi-weekly reporting
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      • Weighed in values reported for each parameter
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ911112 x 5mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / Sept18
      MS500720 x 5ml N/AN/AN/A

      Parameters

      • Amikacin
      • Caffeine
      • Carbamazepine
      • Cyclosporine
      • Digoxin
      • Ethosuximide
      • Gentamicin
      • Lithium
      • Methotrexate
      • Paracetamol
      • Phenobarbital
      • Phenytoin
      • Primidone
      • Salicylic Acid
      • Theophylline
      • Tobramycin
      • Valproic Acid
      • Vancomycin

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Specific Protein External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Specific Protein EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of up to 26 serum proteins including CRP, ASO, RF, Complement Proteins and Immunoglobulins. Four programme options are available to help reduce waste and costs.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Liquid ready-to-use
      • 100% human serum
      • Flexible options available with bi-weekly or monthly reporting
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ911412 x 3mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / Sept26 analytes
      RQ918712 x 1mlMonthlyMarch26 analytes

      Parameters

      • AFP
      • Albumin
      • Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein
      • Alpha-1-antitrypsin
      • Alpha-2-macroglobulin
      • Anti Streptolysin O
      • Antithrombin III
      • Beta-2-microglobulin
      • Ceruloplasmin
      • Complement, C3
      • Complement, C4
      • C-Reactive Protein
      • Ferritin
      • Haptoglobin
      • Immunoglobulin A
      • Immunoglobulin E
      • Immunoglobulin G
      • Immunoglobulin M
      • Free Kappa Light Chain
      • Total Kappa Light Chain
      • Free Lambda Light Chain
      • Total Lambda Light Chain
      • Prealbumin (Transthyretin)
      • Retinol Binding Protein
      • Rheumatoid Factor
      • Transferrin

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Lipids External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Lipid EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of up to 8 lipid parameters. Two flexible and cost effective programme options are available.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • 100% human serum
      • Bi-weekly reporting
      • Choose from 3 or all 8 parameter options
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ9126/a12 x 3mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)January/July3 parameters (choose from 8)
      RQ9126/b12 x 3mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)January/JulyAll 8 parameters

      Parameters

      • Apolipoprotein A1
      • LDL-Cholesterol
      • Triglycerides
      • Apolipoprotein B
      • Lipoprotein (a)
      • Non-HDL Cholesterol*
      • HDL-Cholesterol
      • Total Cholesterol

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.

      *Pilot programmes.


      Immunoassay External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Immunoassay EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of up to 51 immunoassay parameters including therapeutic drugs; hormones and tumour markers. Four flexible and cost effective programme options are available.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • 100% human serum
      • Bi-weekly reporting
      • Choose 4 parameters, 13 parameters or all 51 parameters
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ9125/a12 x 5mlBi-weekly programmesJan / July4 parameters only (Choose from 51)
      RQ9125/b12 x 5mlBi-weekly programmesJan / July13 parameters only (Choose from 51)
      RQ9125/c12 x 5mlBi-weekly programmesJan / JulyAll 51 parameters (Bi-weekly reporting)
      RQ913012 x 5mlMonthly ProgrammesJanAll 51 parameters (Monthly reporting)
      MS500720 x 5mlN/AN/AN/A

      Parameters

      • 1-25-OH-Vitamin D (Pilot)
      • 17-OH-progesterone
      • 25-OH-Vitamin D
      • ACTH
      • AFP
      • Aldosterone
      • Amikacin
      • Androstenedione
      • B-2-Microglobulin
      • CA125
      • CA15-3
      • CA19-9
      • Carbamazepine
      • CEA
      • Cortisol
      • C-peptide
      • DHEA, Unconjugated
      • DHEA-S
      • Digoxin
      • Ferritin
      • Folate
      • Free T3
      • Free T4
      • Free testosterone (Pilot)
      • FSH
      • Gentamicin
      • GH
      • hCG
      • IgE
      • Insulin
      • LH
      • Oestradiol
      • Paracetamol
      • Parathyroid Hormone
      • Phenobarbital
      • Phenytoin
      • Progesterone
      • Prolactin
      • PSA
      • PSA, Free
      • Salicylate
      • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
      • T3
      • T4
      • Testosterone
      • Theophylline
      • Thyroglobulin
      • TSH
      • Valproic acid
      • Vancomycin
      • Vitamin B12

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Human Urine External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Human Urine EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of 25 routine chemistry assays in urine.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • 100% human urine
      • Flexible options available with bi-weekly or monthly reporting
      • 10ml samples provided
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment

      Parameters

      • Albumin / Microalbumin
      • Albumin/Creatinine Ration
      • Amylase
      • Calcium
      • Chloride
      • Copper
      • Cortisol
      • Creatinine
      • Dopamine
      • Epinephrine
      • Glucose
      • Magnesium
      • Metanephrine
      • Norepinephrine
      • Normetanephrine
      • Osmolality
      • Oxalate
      • Phosphate, inorganic
      • Potassium
      • Protein, total
      • Sodium
      • Urea
      • Uric acid
      • VMA
      • 5-HIAA

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Haematology External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Haematology EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of 11 haematology parameters. All samples are supplied liquid ready-to-use in primary tubes for ease-of-use and convenience.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043:2010
      • Liquid ready-to-use
      • 100% whole blood
      • Flexible options available with bi-weekly and monthly reporting
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      • Samples provided in primary tubes with penetrable septums

       

      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ91186 x 2ml
      (primary tubes)
      Bi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / Sept11 parameters
      RQ914012 x 2 mlMonthly ProgrammeJanuary11 parameters (monthly reporting)

      Parameters

      • Haemoglobin (Hb)
      • Mean Cell Volume (MCV)
      • Mean Cell Haemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
      • Red Blood Cell Count (RBC)
      • Mean Platelet Volume
      • Plateletcrit
      • Haematocrit (HCT)
      • Mean Cell Haemoglobin (MCH)
      • Platelets (PLT)
      • Total White Blood Cell Count (WBC)
      • Red Cell Dist. Width

      Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


      Clinical Chemistry External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS General Clinical Chemistry EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of up to 56 parameters covering routine chemistries, lipids, hormones and trace metals. Four flexible yet cost effective programme options are available.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • Human based serum
      • Flexible options available with bi-weekly and monthly reporting
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      • Reference method values are provided for selected parameters / lots
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ9112/a13 x 5mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / Sept10 parameters only (Choose from 56)
      RQ9112/b13 x 5mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / Sept17 parameters only (Choose from 56)
      RQ9112/c13 x 5mlBi-weekly (2 x 6 monthly cycles)March / SeptAll 56 parameters
      RQ912812 x 5 mlMonthlyJanuaryAll 56 parameters (monthly reporting)
      MS500720 x 5 ml N/AN/AN/A

      Parameters

      • ACE
      • Acid phosphatase, prostatic
      • Acid phosphatase, total
      • Adjusted Calcium*
      • Albumin
      • ALP
      • ALT (ALAT)
      • Amylase, pancreatic
      • Amylase, total
      • AST
      • Bicarbonate
      • Bile acids
      • Bilirubin, direct
      • Bilirubin, total
      • Calcium, ionised
      • Calcium, total
      • Chloride
      • Cholinestease
      • UIBC
      • Cholesterol
        • CK, total (CPK)

        • Copper
        • Creatinine
        • D-3-hydroxybutyrate
        • EGFR*
        • Fructosamine
        • Free T3
        • Free T4
        • Gamma GT
        • GLDH
        • Glucose
        • HBDH
        • HDL-Cholesterol
        • Iron
        • Lactate
        • LD (LDH)
        • LDL Cholesterol*
        • Lipase
        • Lithium
          • Magnesium

          • NEFA
          • Non-HDL Cholesterol*
          • Osmolality
          • Phosphate, inorganic
          • Potassium
          • Protein, total
          • PSA
          • Sodium
          • TIBC
          • Total T3
          • Total T4
          • Triglycerides
          • TSH
          • Urea
          • Uric acid
          • Zinc

          *Pilot programmes.

          Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


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