Linee guida per la gestione dei programmi di Valutazione Esterna di Qualità

Translated title of the contribution: Guidelines for external quality assessment scheme organization

Ferruccio Ceriotti, Sandra Secchiero, Laura Sciacovelli, Martina Zaninotto, Lorena Zardo, Mario Plebani

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This document describes a model for EQAS organization based on the following principles: 1) education, i.e. EQAS should be intended more for quality improvement than for surveillance of laboratory proficiency, even if they should require corrective actions in case of poor performance, 2) organization by a third party, independent of manufacturers producing reagents or analytical systems and operating according to the ISO 17043 standard, and 3) use of commutable materials to provide information on the trueness of measurements. Optimal characteristics, structure, and organization EQAS shall have to be recognised by SIBioC are described. Special schemes for pre-and post-analytical phases are also considered.

Translated title of the contributionGuidelines for external quality assessment scheme organization
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)107-126
Number of pages20
JournalBiochimica Clinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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