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RIQAS EQA Pilot Programmes

RIQAS is the world’s largest External Quality Assessment scheme with more than 50,000 laboratory participants spanning over 139 countries

RIQAS Pilot Programmes

RIQAS Haematology 5-Part Differentials & Reticulocytes – Pilot Study

This new Haematology pilot study will be suitable for use across multiple analytical systems however, manual method will not be assessed. Consisting of 3 samples covering multiple concentrations, this pilot is open for current and potential participants. The EQA material will be provided in 3 primary sample tubes with a volume of 2ml (3 x 2ml)

Key Benefits

  • Liquid ready-to-use sample material
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • Human-based, preserved, whole blood samples – no latex or artificial particles used in production, stabilised mammalian cells only
  • All samples should be analysed and results submitted together
RIQAS Haematology 5-Part Differentials & Reticulocytes – Pilot Study Analytes
HaemoglobinMPVRDW-CVWBC Eos
HCTPCTRDW-SDWBC Lym
MCHPDWReticulocytesWBC Mon
MCHCPLTWBCWBC Neu
MCVRBCWBC Bas
Cat. NumberKit SizeParameters 
RQ91923 x 2ml19

RIQAS Neonatal Bilirubin – Pilot Study

Further expansion of our RIQAS portfolio via the introduction of this new pilot study. Designed to assess the performance of total and direct bilirubin assays with levels tailored specifically to neonatal bilirubin testing.

Direct Bilirubin (2.8 – 278 umol/l) | Total Bilirubin (4.8 – 638 umol/l)

Key Benefits

  • Lyophilised samples for enhanced stability
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • Human based serum matrix
  • All samples should be analysed and results submitted together
RIQAS Neonatal Bilirubin – Pilot Study Analytes
Direct BilirubinTotal Bilirubin
Cat. NumberKit SizeParameters 
RQ91912 x 3ml2

RIQAS Cytokines – Pilot Study

This is a comprehensive EQA programme suitable for monitoring the performance of 12 different Cytokines including Interleukin 6 (IL-6), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) and more.

Key Benefits

  • Lyophilised samples for enhanced stability
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • Samples are manufactured to the highest quality ensuring the matrix reacts in the same manner as patients sample.
  • All samples should be analysed and results submitted together
RIQAS Cytokines – Pilot Study Analytes
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)Interleukin-2 (IL-2)Interleukin-10 (IL-10)
Interferon gamma (INF-Y)Interleukin-4 (IL-4)Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 (MCP-1)
Interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1α)Interleukin-6 (IL-6)Tumour Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-α)
Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)Interleukin-8 (IL-8)Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
Cat. NumberKit SizeParameters 
RQ91953 x 1ml12

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Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme (RIQAS)

RIQAS is the world’s largest External Quality Assessment scheme with more than 50,000 laboratory participants spanning over 139 countries

Key Benefits of RIQAS

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Cost Effective

Consolidate EQA analysis, reduce workload and costs with our comprehensive, multi-parameter programmes.

Flexible

Flexible Programme Options

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.

Highly Accredited

Highly Accredited

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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Expansive Peer Group Database

The availability of large peer groups ensures robust data is available for a wide range of instruments and methods.

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Rapid, User-Friendly Reports

Our rapid, user-friendly reports allow at-a-glance performance assessment. Complimentary multi-instrument, inter-laboratory and end-of-cycle reports are also available.

Commutable

Commutable Samples

A commutable sample matrix increases confidence that performance mimics that of patient samples.

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Early Identification of Test System Errors

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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Convenient Cloud Based Data System

RIQAS.net is a convenient, cloud based data entry system which allows participants to return results and view reports online.

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Highest Quality Samples with Multi-Level Capabilities

EQA samples are manufactured to the highest quality standard and span clinically relevant levels.

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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Acusera 24.7 – Interlaboratory Data Management Reporting Software

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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.

Designed to complement our range of Acusera true third party controls.

 

 

Key Benefits of Acusera 24•7

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Peer Group Statistics

Updated live in real-time, labs can compare statistics to their peers and identify any unique or widespread issues to help reduce time and money spent on troubleshooting.

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Fully Interactive Charts

Ability to compare performance, assess trends and monitor performance with automatically generated Levey-Jennings, Histograms and Performance Summary Charts.

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Highly Flexible

Labs can configure their own performance limits, multi-rules, consensus groups and target values for each instrument or lot of QC.

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Unique Dashboard Interface

Reduce time spent analysing data as instant identification of any QC failures over the past 7 days and alerts of product expiry are highlighted in the unique dashboard design.

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Comprehensive Reports

Comprehensive, easy-to-read and customisable reports have been designed to speed up the review process and include Statistical Metrics, Uncertainty of Measurement, Exception, Audit Trail & more.

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24/7 Access

Gain access to this cloud-based software at anytime, anywhere. Removing the need installation, software maintenance and frequent back-ups.

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Advanced Statistical Analysis

Automatically calculating advanced statistics including %Bias, Total Error and Sigma Metrics helps enhance performance assessment, improve QC strategy, and meet regulatory requirements.

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Automated Data Import

Upload QC data directly to Acusera 24•7 via LIMS and middleware. This automated function eliminates the need for manual data entry and helps save money whilst increasing efficiency.

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Technical Support

Expert technical support is available for users. Laboratories can access this service for troubleshooting purposes and therefore eliminates the need for on-site assistance.

What does Acusera 24•7 provide?

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Laboratory Quality Control – Acusera

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Acusera true third party quality controls offer complete test menu consolidation for laboratory Internal Quality Control.

Providing accurate and reliable sample material and delivering results you can trust.

 

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Key Benefits of Acusera

Laboratory Quality Control Acusera Commutability

Commutability

A commutable sample matrix increases confidence that performance mimics that of patient samples.

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Flexibility

With an extensive range of assayed/unassayed, liquid/lyophilised and single/multi-analyte controls, the Acusera portfolio has a solution to suit all laboratory preferences.

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Traceability

The values assigned to both our calibrators and control materials are traceable to a recognised reference material or reference measurement procedure meeting ISO 17511 and ISO 18153 requirements.

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Accurate Target Values

Our process utilises thousands of independent labs globally, ensuring availability of highly accurate, robust target values for a wide range of instruments and methods, ultimately eliminating the need to spend time and money assigning in-house.

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True Third Party Controls

Manufactured independently, the Acusera range delivers unbiased performance assessment with any instrument or method, helping to meet ISO 15189:2012 requirements whilst eliminating the need for multiple instrument dedicated controls.

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Consolidation

Specialising in consolidation, the Acusera range of multi-analyte controls is designed to reduce the number of individual controls required to cover your test menu, ultimately reducing costs, preparation time and storage space.

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Consistency

Our superior manufacturing processes ensure stability claims and analyte levels won’t differ significantly from lot-to-lot. You can therefore be sure of receiving the same standard of product time and time again.

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Shelf Life Longevity

With a shelf life of up to four years for lyophilised controls and two years for liquid controls, you can benefit from continuity of lot supply whilst reducing the frequency of new lot validation studies, thus saving time and money.

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Clinically Relevant Levels

The presence of analytes at key decision levels not only helps to ensure accurate instrument performance but maximises laboratory efficiency by eliminating the need for additional low/high level controls at extra expense.

Acusera Internal Quality Control Range

With over 390 parameters, choice and flexibility is guaranteed.

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What Are The Benefits of Third Party Controls?

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Acusera 24.7 Software Update

The latest update of Acusera 24.7 has officially launched, allowing RX Imola, RX Modena and RX Daytona+ users to import compatible QC data files from a configured analyser to Acusera 

 

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Acusera 24.7 Software Update

The latest update of Acusera 24.7 allows RX Imola, Modena and Daytona+ users to import compatible QC files from a configured analyser to Acusera 24.7 without the need for manipulation. This new functionality eliminates the need for manual data entry, therefore effectively reducing the risk of transcription errors whilst speeding up the reporting process.

 

 

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RIQAS Past Panels

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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. 


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.

RIQAS EQA Reports

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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