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

    Anti-SARS-CoV-2 External Quality Assessment

    The RIQAS Anti-SARS-CoV-2 EQA programme comprises IgG, IgM and total antibodies. This programme uniquely supports both qualitative and quantitative reporting.

    • Liquid ready-to-use
    • 100% human plasma provides a commutable sample matrix
    • Monthly reporting – 1 sample per month
    • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
    • Qualitative and Quantitative reporting options available
    • Rapid report turnaround allows any necessary corrective actions to be made with minimal disruption
    • Allows comparison of different methodologies
    Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
    RQ91932 x (6 x 0.5mL)Monthly (1 sample per month) - 2 distributions per yearOctober3 parameters

    Parameters

    • IgG
    • IgM
    • Total Antibodies

    Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


    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

      Coagulation External Quality Assessment

      The RIQAS Coagulation EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of 17 routine coagulation tests and specialised factor assays. Two flexible yet cost effective programme options are available.

      • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043:2010
      • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
      • 100% human plasma
      • Monthly reporting
      • Choose between 5 routine parameters or all 17 parameters
      • Submit results and view reports online via RIQASNet
      • Register up to five instruments per programme (volume permitting) at no extra cost for comparative performance assessment
      Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
      RQ9135/a12 x 1mlMonthly (1 x 12 month cycle)January5 selected parameters
      (aPTT, PT, TT, Fibrinogen and ATIII)
      RQ9135/b12 x 1mlMonthly (1 x 12 month cycle)JanuaryAll 17 parameters

      Routine Parameters

      • Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT)
        • Antithrombin III (ATIII)

        • Fibrinogen
        • Prothrombin Time (PT)
        • Thrombin Time (TT)

        Parameters

        • Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT)
        • Antithrombin III (ATIII)
        • D-Dimer (Pilot)
        • Factor II
        • Factor IX
        • Factor V
        • Factor VII
        • Factor VIII
        • Factor X
        • Factor XI
        • Factor XII
        • Fibrinogen
        • Plasminogen
        • Protein C
        • Protein S
        • Prothrombin Time (PT)
        • Thrombin Time (TT)

        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.


        Maternal Screening External Quality Assessment

        The RIQAS Maternal Screening EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of screening tests used during the first and second trimester of pregnancy to assess the risk of Down’s syndrome, Spina Bifida and Trisomy 18.

        • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
        • Lyophilised for enhanced stability
        • 100% human serum
        • 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
        • Suitable for first and second trimester screening
        Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
        RQ913712 x 1mlMonthly (1 x 12 month cycle)January6

        Parameters

        • AFP
        • Inhibin A
        • hCG, free beta
        • PAPP-A
        • hCG, total
        • Unconjugated Oestriol

        Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


        Cardiac Plus External Quality Assessment

        The RIQAS Cardiac Plus EQA programme is designed to monitor the performance of 11 clinically significant cardiac markers. All samples are supplied in a lyophilised format.

        • Accredited to ISO/IEC 17043
        • Lyophilised
        • 100% human serum
        • Monthly reporting
        • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.Net
        • Register up to five instruments at no extra cost
        Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
        RQ919012 x 3mlMonthly (1 x 12 month cycle)January11 parameters

        Parameters

        • CK Total
        • CK-MB Activity
        • CK-MB Mass
        • D-Dimer
        • Digoxin
        • Homocysteine
        • hsCRP
        • Myoglobin
        • NT-proBNP
        • Troponin I
        • Troponin T

        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.


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