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Designed to complement our range of  true third party controls, Acusera 24•7 is a live, cloud based interlaboratory data management and peer group reporting software, intended to assist in the management of daily QC activities.

Why implement an interlaboratory program?

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    With real-time peer group data, laboratories can instantly compare statistics to other labs using the same lot of QC material.
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    Acusera 24•7 boasts a unique dashboard, allowing for instant identification of any QC failures over the past seven days and alerts of product expiry.

     

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    Automatically calculate %Bias, Total Error and Sigma Metrics, enabling enhanced performance assessment and improved QC strategy design.
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    Acusera 24•7 generates Levey-Jennings, Histogram and Performance Summary Charts for efficient performance monitoring.
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    Designed to speed up the review process, our comprehensive range of easy-to-read reports include: Statistical Metrics, Uncertainty of Measurement and Audit Trails.
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    Automated upload of QC data direct to Acusera 24•7 via LIMS and Middleware is available. This function eliminates the need for manual data entry further  increasing efficiency.

     

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    Software flexibility allows laboratories to configure their own performance limits, multi-rules, consensus groups and target values for each instrument or QC lot.
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    This cloud based software is available for laboratories to access anytime, anywhere therefore eliminating the need for installation, software maintenance and frequent back ups.

Why implement an interlaboratory program?


Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme (RIQAS)

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RIQAS is the world’s largest External Quality Assessment scheme with more than 47,000 laboratory participants spanning over 139 countries

Why Choose RIQAS?

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    Our rapid, user-friendly reports allow at-a-glance performance assessment.  Complimentary multi-instrument, inter-laboratory and end-of-cycle reports are also available.
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    The availability of large peer groups ensures robust data is available for a wide range of instruments and methods.
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    Consolidate EQA analysis, reduce workload and costs with our comprehensive, multi-parameter programmes.
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    Frequent reporting allows early identification of test system errors, while our 72 hour report turnaround enables corrective action to be taken with minimum disruption to the lab.
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    Flexible programme options are available to suit all laboratory budgets.  The option to register up to 5 instruments per programme at no extra fee further reduces costs and facilitates comparative performance assessment.
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    RIQAS.net is a convenient, cloud based data entry system which allows participants to return results and view reports online.
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    RIQAS programmes are accepted by national and international accreditation bodies including ISO 17043:2010 – “Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Proficiency Testing”.

     

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    EQA samples are manufactured to the highest quality standard and span clinically relevant levels.  A commutable sample matrix increases confidence that performance mimics that of patient samples.

RIQAS EQA Programmes

Choice & flexibility are guaranteed with our 33 programme portfolio.

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RIQAS EQA Reports

User-friendly, one-page per parameter reports allow for at-a-glance performance assessment.

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Ideal specifications of an EQA provider

External Quality Assessment retrospectively assesses performance against other laboratories using the same method and instrument, by analysing “blind” samples as if they were patient samples. Results are frequently submitted for statistical analysis, following which each lab will receive an overall comparative report. Find out why EQA is important here.

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RIQAS Past Panels

RIQAS (Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme) is the largest global EQA scheme with over 50,000 participants in more than 139 countries. Our range currently comprises 33 programmes and the majority of clinical testing.

What are RIQAS Past Panels?

Stemming from RIQAS, the world’s largest External Quality Assessment programme, RIQAS Past Panels* facilitate a series of QC and interlaboratory functions, including:

 

Method Validation

New Instrument Validation

Assay Evaluation

Poor Performance Troubleshooting

Staff Training

Available Panels

Available RIQAS Past Panels* include:

• Ammonia/ Ethanol
• Anti-TSH Receptor
Blood Gas
• BNP
• Cardiac
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Clinical Chemistry
• Coagulation
• CO-Oximetry
• CYFRA 21-1
• ESR
• Glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c)
• Haematology
• Human Urine
• Immunoassay
• Immunoassay Speciality 1
• Immunoassay Speciality 2
• Immunosuppressant Drugs
• Lipid
• Liquid Cardiac
• Maternal Screening
• Serology Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)
• Serology (HIV/ Hepatitis)
Serology (Syphilis)
Serology (ToRCH)
Specific Proteins
Sweat Testing
Therapeutic Drugs
• Trace Elements in Blood
• Trace Elements in Serum
• Trace Elements in Urine
• Urinalysis
• Urine Toxicology
*Product availability is dependent on RIQAS stock surplus levels.

Benefits of RIQAS Past Panels

Support Data Included

All RIQAS Past Panels are provided with an Excel document containing supporting data for the instrument and method of interest.

Multi Level Samples

RIQAS Past Panel samples span multiple levels, making them ideal for ensuring accurate instrument performance across the measuring range.

Comprehensive Reports

RIQAS Past Panels allow laboratories to receive comprehensive external QC reports even after program close.

For more information on RIQAS Past Panel availability or to take part in this EQA scheme, contact us today and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives. 


Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme (RIQAS)

Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme is the world’s largest external quality assessment (EQA) scheme. Currently offering 33 programmes, RIQAS has more than 50,000 laboratory participants in over 139 countries.

RIQAS  | Key Benefits

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User-Friendly Reports

Presented in a user-friendly, one page per parameter format, complimentary multi-instrument and interlaboratory RIQAS reports allow comparative performance assessment of all laboratory systems. Each End-of-Cycle report summarises performance compared to the previous cycle, allowing laboratories to identify quality improvement over time.

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Large Database of Users

With 47,000 RIQAS participants in 139 countries worldwide, a large peer group means more information is available for a wide range of instruments and methods. This therefore ensures greater accuracy and confidence, while reducing the level of uncertainty in results used for comparison.

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Consolidation

Comprising over 360 parameters across 33 comprehensive EQA programmes, RIQAS can streamline external quality assessment by significantly reducing the number of individual programmes needed. Consolidation is guaranteed to save laboratory time and money, with fewer samples to prepare, reports to interpret and number of kits to store.

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Report Frequency

Frequent reporting allows early identification of test system errors and implementation of any necessary corrective actions with minimum disruption to the lab, reducing costly errors with patient results. RIQAS offers bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly options (programme specific), with a turnaround of less than 72 hours for most reports.

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Flexibility

With 33 flexible external quality assessment programmes available, RIQAS is suitable for every laboratory. Reduced parameter and reporting options are available for selected programmes, with the ability to register up to 5 instruments per programme at no extra cost this will help save money and facilitate comparative performance assessment.

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Result Entry

RIQAS.Net is a convenient, cloud based data entry system which allows participants to return results and view reports online in seconds. Participants can submit results directly into the online RIQAS database, where PDF reports are collated and emailed back to participants. Current and previous reports are available to download at anytime, ideal for on the go users.

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Accredited

RIQAS programmes are accepted by national and international accreditation bodies worldwide, including ISO 17043:2010 – ‘Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Proficiency Testing’. This guarantees high quality programmes that are fit for purpose and assist laboratories in achieving their own accreditation.

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Quality Material

Every RIQAS sample is manufactured to the highest standard, spanning clinically relevant levels to allow identification of concentration related biases to ensure accurate instrument performance across the entire analytical range. Designed to be commutable, RIQAS samples are manufactured from human source material and are free from interfering preservatives, increasing confidence that performance mirrors that of patient samples.

RIQAS EQA Programmes

Choice and flexibility guaranteed with 33 programmes available.

RIQAS EQA Reports

User-friendly, one page reports available for each parameter.

*Please note, product availability may vary country to country.

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What is External Quality Control?

External Quality Assessment retrospectively assesses performance against other laboratories using the same method and instrument, by analysing ‘blind’ samples as if they were patient samples. Results are frequently submitted for statistical analysis, following which each lab will receive an overall comparative report. Find out why EQA is important here.

Why Participate in an EQA Scheme?

Ideal Specifications of an EQA Provider

Large Database of Users

Large participation numbers

Liquid ready

Blind samples

RIQAS - Stable and consistent sample matrix

Stable and consistent sample matrix

Frequency

Frequent analysis

Highly Accredited

International accreditation

User-Friendly Reports

Detailed reports

RIQAS - Realitic range of analyte concentrations

Realistic range of analyte concentrations

RIQAS - sample matirx similar to patient sample

Samples react in the sample manner as patient samples

RIQAS - rapid feedback

Rapid feedback

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RIQAS Serology Report

The Serology report is available within ten days of the final submission date. The results for each parameter are displayed on a single page report. There are two types of Serology report – one for qualitative reporting and one for quantitative reporting. Each of these report ensure quick and easy performance assessment.

RIQAS EQA Reports

The Qualitative report comprises three subsections including a text section, Histogram and method summary. The text section conveniently displays your laboratory’s result to the correct result for your method. The Histogram visually displays your laboratory’s result in relation to all of the results submitted for your method group and the all method group. Finally, the method summary provides a breakdown of the results for all methods registered with RIQAS.

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The Quantitative report comprises four subsections including a text section, Histogram, Levey-Jennings chart and method summary. The text section conveniently displays your laboratory’s result to the mean for comparison, the histogram visually displays your laboratory’s result to the mean for comparison, the Levey-Jennings chart displays the SD for the last 20 samples ensuring instant identification of performance over time and finally the method summary provides a breakdown of the results submitted for all methods registered with RIQAS.

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RIQAS Urinalysis Report

RIQAS Urinalysis reports have been designed specifically for participants of the RIQAS Urinalysis programme (RQ9138). Report features include;

  • Scoring system
  • Ability to rate performance and visualise historical performance data
  • Visual representation of performance
  • Peer group comparison levels

To find out more on the range of features available with the report, see the table below.

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The Urinalysis Report scoring system, scores participants based on a spread of results over each category and how far a participant is away from the consensus, which is referred to as the Target Category.

The score calculated is based on how close to the target category a participant’s result falls. A score of 0 refers to a result which falls within the target category and therefore, the comment “acceptable” will be given. A laboratory’s performance is described as being acceptable or unacceptable based on this calculated score.

A laboratory must achieve a score of between -6 and +6 for their performance to be deemed acceptable. Scores can fall between the values of -10 and +8.

  1. If a participant’s result matches the target category then they will receive the score of 0 and the comment “acceptable” given.
  2. Where a participant returns a negative result and the target category is positive (category 9), the participant score will be -10. The comment “unacceptable” will be given.
  3. Where a participant returns a positive result (category 9) and the target category is negative, the participant score will be +8 and the comment “unacceptable” given.

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Current Sample

The score achieved for the current reported sample together with the associated comment of acceptable, unacceptable or borderline will be listed in the comments box located towards the top of the results page for each registered parameter. The percentage (%) of results from the selected peer group which fall within the target category are also stated.

Potential Historical Information

The number of correct scores (i.e. scores of 0) that have been submitted in the last “n” samples, up to a maximum of 6 previous samples. The number of acceptable assessments that have been submitted in the last “n” samples, up to a maximum of 6 previous samples.

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Charting of Current & Historical Information

Results of scoring for each sample are displayed on a Levey-Jennings style chart with “0” score in the middle and scoring categories positioned on either side for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. The chart is shaded into bands depending on the scores.

Acceptable scores (0-6) have no shading, Borderline scores (6-8) have light red shading and unacceptable scores (8-10) are shaded a darker red.

Scores for each of the last 12 samples are plotted against the appropriate sample number and the chart also indicates whether the participant’s reported result category is higher or lower than the target category.

The target categories are stated along the top of the chart and if there are no target categories due to a lack of numbers then an “X” is plotted to show that a result has been submitted but could not be scored.

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Reporting – Summary Page

The summary page at the end of the report lists all of the parameters that a participant has registered for.

For each parameter the following information is stated:

  1. Target Category, which is dependent on the unit registered
  2. The result which has returned by the participant
  3. The score achieved for the current sample
  4. The comment of Acceptable / Unacceptable / Borderline
  5. Where the comment is “Unacceptable” it is highlighted in bold italics and underlined
  6. The number of “Acceptable” assessments that have been achieved over the previous 6 samples

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RIQAS Urine Toxicology Report

A dedicated report is provided for the Urine Toxicology programme. The report is divided into two subsections; the screening (qualitative) and the quantitative section, allowing for visual performance assessment at-a-glance.

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Your laboratory’s result is displayed along with the correct response. A visual chart is also provided displaying performance of the last 20 samples. A breakdown of the screening results submitted by other laboratories in your method group and all method groups for the current sample is also provided at a variety of cut-offs. A further breakdown is provided for various methods at your specific cut-off.

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The Quantitative section of the Urine Toxicology report is further broken down into a text section comparing your laboratory’s performance to the mean for comparison, a Histogram chart indicating your laboratory’s performance in relation to the method group and the all method group and a multi-method section highlighting the performance of other methods.

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RIQAS Instrument Group Report

All RIQAS participants are entitled to register up to five separate instruments per programme at no extra cost.

Individual reports for each instrument are supplied as normal in addition to a complimentary instrument group report allowing the performance of each instrument to be uniquely compared and assessed easily.

RIQAS EQA Reports

The multi-instrument group report displays the %Deviation for the last 10 samples along with the RM%Dev across all registered laboratory instruments. The %Dev for each instrument is plotted on a user-friendly, colour coded chart for instant identification of poor performing instruments.

As an ISO requirement, the Multi-Instrument Report is an extremely useful and beneficial tool for laboratories – “Laboratories with two or more analysers for examinations, should have a defined mechanism for comparison of results across analysers” – ISO 15189:2012.

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RIQAS Inter-Laboratory Group Report

A unique group reporting facility is available allowing laboratory groups or chains to effectively monitor the performance of satellite sites.

All laboratories within a group will receive their RIQAS sample packs, analyse the samples, return results to RIQAS and receive their individual RIQAS reports as normal. In addition to this a separate group report will be sent to the group manager or supervisor allowing relative performance of all laboratories within the group to be assessed.

RIQAS EQA Reports

For each laboratory in the group, the interlaboratory group report displays the %Dev for the last 10 samples along with the RM%Dev. The %Dev for each laboratory is plotted on a user-friendly, colour coded chart for instant identification of poor performing labs.

inter-laboratory group report

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RIQAS End-of-Cycle Report

RIQAS End-of-Cycle reports are sent to all participants who receive the standard report. Therefore, participants who are enrolled in RIQAS Urinalysis, RIQAS Urine Toxicology and RIQAS Serology programmes will not receive an End-of-Cycle report.

The RIQAS End-of-Cycle report provides laboratories with a complete summary of their External Quality Assessment performance. Performance is also compared to that of the previous cycle providing an indication of progress and improvement over time. Data is presented in both written and graphical format allowing a visual assessment of overall performance.

The RIQAS End-of-Cycle report is split into 3 sub-sections. These sub-sections are designed to allow performance assessment at a glance.

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RIQAS End-of-Cycle Report Features

The Parameter Cycle Summary section provides an overview of the results returned for each sample in the cycle. The text section summarises the laboratory’s result compared to the Mean for Comparison. Laboratory performance for the current cycle is also compared to that of the previous cycle. A variety of charts including Levey-Jennings, Target Score, % Deviation by sample and % Deviation by concentration are also presented allowing a visual assessment of laboratory performance over the cycle.

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The text section provides a summary of the laboratory’s results and statistics including Mean for Comparison, SDPA, %CV, Uncertainty, SDI, Target Score and % Deviation. An additional table comparing performance for the current cycle to the previous cycle is also provided.

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The laboratory’s performance is summarised in various charts including Levey-Jennings, Target Score, % Deviation by sample and % Deviation by Concentration.

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The absolute SDI summary report compares current performance for all parameters to the previous cycle and indicates whether performance is better or worse. Performance is compared to other RIQAS participants in your country and worldwide.

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A certificate of performance is provided listing all parameters, for which the laboratory achieved an acceptable level of performance (Average Absolute SDI <2). Although the End-of-Cycle Report is issued for all registered parameters, the certificate of performance will only be available for parameters where results for at least 50% of samples in the cycle have been returned.

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