Membership and participation in GenQA EQAs will fulfil your laboratory’s requirement for external quality assessment/proficiency testing to meet national/international guidelines and standards for laboratory accreditation. This demonstrates that your laboratory is committed to providing the highest quality of analysis for all patients.
Laboratories are proud to be members of GenQA and demonstrate that they have achieved satisfactory levels of EQA performance. GenQA can support this by providing laboratories with an annual participation certificate.
All of our cases are based on real-life scenarios within genomic laboratories and centres, and most of our EQAs are accredited to the ISO 17043 standard. See a full list of our EQAs.
GenQA are continually updating their EQAs to reflect changes in genomic laboratories e.g. the introduction of NGS gene panel tests, or by the use of pilot EQAs for assessment of new laboratory tests e.g. SCID newborn screening (as prescribed by Public Health England). We aim to reflect the current working practices as closely as possible.
GenQA provide you with an Individual Laboratory Report (ILR) with your laboratory’s individual scores and tailored individual comments/recommendations for your laboratory. In addition, we also provide a Summary Report for each EQA, which details a summary of performance of all laboratories, thereby allowing participants to compare their assay performance across time, methods, and networks.
The report highlights best practice, common errors or poor practice, up-to-date guidance and clinically relevant performance issues.
This is provided in the form of:
Ensure you are providing the best results for your assay, and have access to information regarding which technologies other laboratories are using for the same assay and/or potential issues with a technology.
GenQA collaborate with manufacturers and regulatory agencies to alert them to issues and assist in early resolution of problems with assays, analysers and kits. Collaborating with industry, and both UK and non-UK professional societies.
The GenQA director/deputy directors all have scientific experience in genomics laboratories (in some cases 20 years +) with several members previously being involved in day to day management of diagnostic laboratories. Therefore, we are able to provide advice and assistance on a case by case basis. We can also provide access to international expertise through our extensive network of expert scientific assessors.
We also present talks or posters at most of these meetings and/or an exhibition stand or Scientific meetings for GenQA members.
If you would like to invite us to speak at a national/international event then please contact us.
GenQA are unique in not only providing EQAs for laboratories and clinical staff, but also individual competency testing for laboratory processes e.g. sample reception, variant classification/interpretation, laboratory report authorisation, and histopathology tissue assessment. In response to international standards we understand that evidencing competencies is also crucial to laboratory quality.
UK NEQAS services have been used by over 100,000 clinical laboratory scientists and associated healthcare professionals in more than 150 countries.
UK NEQAS has been providing EQA for over 50 years (since 1969).
The services offered by UK NEQAS cover haematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, genetic testing, cellular pathology, reproductive science and immunology with a total of 324 different external quality assessment programmes available to improve and promote health.
All UK NEQAS EQAs are designed and run by organisers and managers who are wholly committed to leadership in better healthcare worldwide, are experts in current clinical practice in laboratory and clinical diagnostics.
Assured independence through a Board of Trustees, governance mechanisms, codes of practice and independent advice through our steering committees of medical and scientific staff.
All members of the UK NEQAS consortium are committed to: