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Product Focus: Latest RIQAS Programmes

RIQAS is the largest international External Quality Assessment (EQA)/ Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme, with over 45,000 participants across 32 comprehensive programme options. Providing access to large, international peer groups you can be confident in the statistical validity of the results obtained.

In March 2016, we added eight new RIQAS EQA programmes to our already extensive portfolio. The new programmes included; CSF, Sweat Testing, Immunosuppressant drugs, Trace Elements in Serum, Trace Elements in Urine, Trace Elements in Blood, Anti-TSH Receptor (TRAb) and Cyfra 21-1.

Like all programmes the latest additions are designed to cover the full clinical decision range, reassuring clinicians and patients that the results released are accurate and reliable. The added benefit of monthly reporting supports the rapid identification of errors, this combined with a report turnaround of 24-72 hours from the submission deadline allows faster implementation of any necessary corrective actions, reducing the need for expensive and time consuming patient sample retests.

With Cycle 2 of the new programmes just around the corner we thought we would take this opportunity to explore what each programme has to offer.

Week 1- Trace Elements in Serum, Trace Elements in Urine, Trace Elements in Blood

RIQAS provide three trace element programmes designed for use in clinical and toxicology laboratories specialising in the testing of trace metals, heavy metals and minerals. Options are available for blood, serum and urine ensuring a matrix similar to that of the patient sample. Each programme will help ensure the accuracy of test results in patients who have experienced accidental or occupational exposure to such toxic metals

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 2- CYFRA 21-1 & Anti-TSH Receptor 

The RIQAS CYFRA 21-1 EQA programme is designed to cover the analysis of the tumour marker CYFRA 21-1 in clinical laboratories when monitoring the response to treatment of cancers such as non-small cell lung carcinoma, cervical, breast and bladder cancer.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Our dedicated Anti-TSH Receptor EQA programme is designed to supplement our general immunoassay programme by including the thyroid hormone Anti-TSH Receptor also known as TRAb.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 3 – CSF & Sweat Testing

The RIQAS Cerebrospinal Fluid EQA programme has been designed to monitor the performance of several analytes in CSF.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Liquid ready-to-use samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

The RIQAS Sweat Testing EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Sweat Testing in clinical laboratories measuring the concentration of Chloride, Sodium and Conductivity in sweat, used in the testing of Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Liquid ready-to-use samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 4 – RIQAS Immunosuppressant EQA programme

The RIQAS Immunosuppressant Drug EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Cyclosporin, Everolimus, Sirolimus and Tacrolimus in clinical laboratories.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Celebrate Christmas with Randox Quality Control

T’was the week before Christmas and all through the lab not a thing could be heard not even a sound. The analyser lay silent asleep in the corner, the lab staff at home dreaming of a few days’ rest, only a few more days to go before the big day!

The big man in red, what will he bring those who already have everything? Peace, happiness and health for their loved ones throughout the festive break, that would be the wish for everyone to make. And what better way to ensure they stay healthy, well it all begins in the laboratory…

An important consideration to remember when choosing your lab Quality Control (QC) is that approximately 70% of clinical decisions are based on laboratory test results. It is therefore essential that the results gained from laboratory testing are accurate and reliable in order to provide the appropriate treatment and avoid or prevent potential misdiagnosis.

Patient results are of the utmost importance for a laboratory and therefore running the best Quality Control material should be at the top of their agenda. QC material should have a number of features that allow a lab to judge the overall quality of their output. These features include the controls ability to be commutable (which means how well it reacts as a replicate of a patient sample), is it a true third party control that has been manufactured to provide an independent and unbiased assessment of performance, does your control come with clinically relevant levels and does it have a long shelf life as well as a good open vial or reconstituted stability? These are the questions lab staff will be asking themselves when deciding on what QC is the right QC.

So stay off Santa’s naughty list by providing accurate and reliable patient test results, do this by employing Randox QC in your laboratory. Our controls have been designed to deliver significant cost savings without sacrificing on quality. With consolidated controls (combining up to 100 analytes in a single vial) your lab can reduce QC costs and preparation time, the inclusion of analytes present at clinical decision levels will eradicate the need for additional controls and because of our long shelf life (2 years for liquid controls, 4 years for lyophilised) and excellent stability claims your laboratory can be sure that expensive lot changes will be a thing of the past! Our controls can be described as true third party and this, combined with the commutable nature of the controls, leads to us being able to claim that we have the best Quality Control material around.

So this Christmas when deciding what QC to choose – make sure you look no further than Randox Quality Control. Our QC family is known as Acusera and our product offering includes QC and calibrator material, Interlaboratory Data Management Program (Acusera 24.7), the world’s largest international EQA/PT scheme better known as RIQAS and the newest addition to the family, Linearity or Calibration Verification material.

We have packages for every lab regardless of size and budget and we guarantee you will become ho-ho-hooked on Randox QC.

Wishing you all season’s greetings and a prosperous New Year from everyone at Randox QC.


How frequently should you run EQA?

There is much debate among clinical laboratories when discussing this common question. With some schemes offering testing as little as 2 times per year, it raises the question, is this really enough?

How frequently an EQA scheme is run will often be dependent on several aspects. Factors such as the diagnostic error rate, number of tests undertaken, experience and turnover of technical staff, and the known stability/instability of the analyte in question should be considered and will all contribute to determine the desired frequency of EQA.

Each EQA programme will vary, where one area, for instance Chemistry, may require bi-weekly testing, another, such as Serology, may only need to be tested every 3 months. Although there is variation between schemes, the benefits of testing more frequently unquestionably outweighs the costs of not testing frequently enough.

Issues with infrequent testing?

If your EQA provider offers infrequent testing, there is likely to be a lengthy period of uncertainty where errors could be happening in the laboratory and consequently incorrect results being released. The outcome of this could be damaging to both patients and laboratories, with credibility and trust in results likely to come under scrutiny. For these reasons, having an infrequent EQA scheme could cause harm to your laboratory and reduce confidence in your test results.

Why should you use a frequent EQA scheme?

To ensure the previously mentioned errors do not occur, laboratories should participate in frequent EQA schemes to guarantee that if incorrect test results do arise, then they will be detected and rectified immediately.

As preventative/corrective actions can be taken sooner through frequent EQA schemes, you will have increased confidence in your test systems performance and may reduce the need for expensive retests. Being able to pinpoint when an error occurred will be much simpler if you are only looking back a matter of weeks or a couple months, as opposed to if you are looking back over a longer period such as 4 to 6 months.

The ability to implement corrective actions sooner and with less disruptions to the lab will help lead to both time and cost savings in the future.

What can Randox Quality Control offer?

Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme (RIQAS), offers bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting options* designed to assist with the early identification of laboratory errors. Not only will RIQAS provide you with extra confidence in test system accuracy, but with 32 flexible programmes you could also make significant cost and time savings through consolidation.

With more than 40,000 participants in 124 countries, RIQAS is the largest international EQA scheme on the market and offers laboratories around the world assurances that the results they are releasing are accurate and reliable. Our many features include; the ability to register up to 5 instruments per programme at no extra cost, easy to read reports, internationally accredited programmes and rapid report turnaround. Why don’t you contact us today and find out how we can support you in maintaining quality control in your laboratory?

*Programme Specific


Demand for external support driving growth of EQA

“In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Quality Controls Market” recently published by Markets and Markets has highlighted an overall significant growth within the Quality Control Market. Further growth is anticipated in the coming years with the Markets and Markets report estimating that the IVD QC market will be worth $979 million.

One area that is currently experiencing growth within this sector is the EQA segment, which Markets and Markets estimates to command a 6.6% share of the overall IVD market. The report is crediting growth within this segment to you, the customer, stating “…various end users or customers of IVD quality control products mostly prefer external support to run their quality control activities. For this, market players are largely focusing on providing external quality assurance (EQA) support”. As such companies such as Randox are being approached to provide EQA for a range of small, independent laboratories and large laboratory chains alike.

What other factors have contributed to this growth?

The adoption of ISO15189 and other similar standards is becoming mandatory in many countries, as discussed in a previous blog post. Accreditation highlights the accuracy and reliability of the patient results being released. ISO15189 states that “The laboratory shall participate in interlaboratory comparisons such as those organised by external quality assessment or proficiency testing schemes”. Therefore laboratory managers are employing EQA programmes in their laboratory to meet such requirements. EQA also enables laboratories to meet other accreditation requirements such as peer comparison and clinically relevant testing.

Selecting the right EQA for you

When selecting the right EQA scheme for your laboratory there are a number of considerations to be made; sample frequency, peer group numbers, report format, report turnaround and so on. According to a survey conducted by Randox Quality Control 55% of respondents listed sample frequency as the most important feature to be considered when selecting an EQA scheme. Sample frequency is an ongoing debate regarding EQA. However, schemes with frequent reporting will allow you to easily pinpoint when an error occurred and implement corrective actions with minimal disruption. Also making the top three key factors in this survey were; quality samples and peer group numbers.

What can Randox Quality Control offer?

As the largest international EQA scheme available on the market RIQAS offers laboratories around the world assurance that the results they are releasing are accurate and reliable. With more than 40,000 participant in 124 countries and 32 flexible programmes we are certain that the external support we offer for your quality control activities will provide you with the upmost confidence in your laboratory’s performance. Furthermore with our programmes accepted by national and international accreditation bodies worldwide employing RIQAS can help you gain accredited status providing your end users with peace of mind. With other benefits such as programme consolidation, rapid report turnaround, easy to read at-a-glance reporting and the ability to register up to 5 instruments per programme at no extra cost why don’t you contact us today and find out how we can support your quality control activity?  

To request a visit from a QC consultant contact us via acusera@randox.com


One RIQAS Haematology Sample

One Haematology Sample

With over 40,000 laboratory participants in 124 countries, RIQAS is truly the largest international External Quality Assessment (EQA) scheme. The large volume of participants is testament to the quality of our material and highlights further the trust and confidence laboratories have in RIQAS to help them accurately report their patient results.

RIQAS is world renowned for delivering flexible EQA solutions to help laboratories reduce the number of programmes required. Our RIQAS portfolio covers most areas of clinical testing including Haematology.

Our RIQAS Haematology programme combines 11 parameters in total and comprises the full blood count into a single sample. Designed with user convenience in mind, samples are supplied in a liquid ready-to-use format in primary tubes. Coupled with user-friendly reports, enabling at-a-glance performance assessment, preparation and evaluation time will be dramatically reduced in even the most demanding of laboratories.

Errors will be identified early thanks to the bi-weekly analysis of the Haematology programme, while reports are ready within a maximum of 72 hours from the date of submission and accreditation to ISO 17043:2010 allows the laboratory to take any necessary corrective actions.

 

Cat No.         Kit Size        Frequency      Parameters

RQ9118         6 x 2ml        Bi-weekly       Eleven (11)

 

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
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CYFRA 21-1 External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS CYFRA 21-1 EQA programme is designed to cover the analysis of CYFRA 21-1 in clinical laboratories when monitoring the response to treatment of cancers such as non-small cell lung carcinoma, cervical, breast and bladder cancer.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917512 x 1mlMonthlyMarch1

Parameter

  • CYFRA 21-1 (Cytokeratin 19)

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


Anti-TSH Receptor External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS Anti-TSH Receptor EQA programme is designed to cover the analysis of Anti-TSH Receptor in clinical laboratories when thyroid dysfunction is suspected.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917412 x 1mlMonthlyMarch1

Parameter

  • Anti-TSH Receptor (TRAb)

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


Trace Elements in Urine External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS Trace Elements in Urine EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Trace Elements in clinical laboratories. Used to detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess, these tests can sometimes evaluate nutritional status.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917112 x 3mlMonthlyMarch11

Parameters

  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Thallium

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


Trace Elements in Serum External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS Trace Elements in Serum EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Trace Elements in clinical laboratories. Used to detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess, these tests can sometimes evaluate nutritional status.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917012 x 3mlMonthlyMarch10

Parameters

  • Aluminium
  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Manganese
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


Trace Elements in Blood External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS Trace Elements in Blood EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Trace Elements in clinical laboratories. Used to detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess, these tests can sometimes evaluate nutritional status.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917212 x 3mlMonthlyMarch7

Parameters

  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


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