EQAS Gateway

Overview

External Quality Assessment (EQA) programs are accepted around the world as invaluable tools used by laboratories to periodically assess their analytical performance and achieve added confidence in reporting their patient test results. Results are objectively compared to other laboratories using the same methodologies, instruments and reagents.

When used in conjunction with daily QC, these external programs will assist laboratories in improving analytical quality, inter-laboratory agreement, identify potential equipment or reagent failures, and identify any training deficiencies.

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Reporting Results

Online/ Mobile - EQAS Online is a web-based reporting option that allows labs to provide updates to contact information, program and test configurations, and enter data automatically to the EQAS database through QCNet.com.

EQAS Online is also accessible from any internet connected Smartphone. Please follow the EQAS Online setup procedure on
QCNet before accessing the mobile application.
EQAS Online

eForms - EQAS eForms 2 software allows labs to submit configuration and test results either by uploading files or emailing to
eqas.eforms@bio-rad.com.
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User Documentation

Training/Tutorials

For step-by-step directions and instructions use these links:

  • Online/ Mobile - User Guide, set up, and data submission instructions for the EQAS web-based reporting system.

  • eForms 2 - Instructions on software installation, test set up, data entry and submission for the EQAS desktop reporting option.

  • Report Interpretation - Review of key elements and interpretation of the EQAS reports (Sample, End-of-Cyle, Method Summary and Subgroup).

  • Quality Specification Report

Contact/ Support

For advice, information, technical support, or assistance with troubleshooting your EQAS results, please refer to below information or contact your local Bio-Rad office or representative.

• Telephone: 1-949-598-1200 (Worldwide), Extension 7101
 

1-800-854-6737 (U.S. and Canada only), Option #1

   
• E-mail: General Inquiries:            eqas@bio-rad.com
 

Technical Support:           eqas_support@bio-rad.com

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Blood Gas Program

Blood Gas Program
EQAS Blood Gas Program is a monthly external quality assessment program for the reporting of routine blood gas, electrolytes, glucose, lactate and magnesium by blood gas, ion selection electrode (ISE) and biosensor instrumentation.
  • Liquid, aqueous samples
  • Comprehensive menu for external assessment of laboratory performance of Blood Gas, Electrolytes, Glucose, Lactate and Magnesium
  • 12-month cycle
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com.
Analytes
Calcium (Ionized) 
Chloride
Glucose
Lactate (Lactic Acid)
Magnesium
pH
pCO2
pO2
Potassium
Sodium


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
February 26, 2014: Results outside the assay range & UR Codes

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
2 - 12 : 7 2 - 1 : 4 2 - 2 : 4 2 - 3 : 1 2 - 4 : 6 2 - 5 : 3
 
2 - 6 : 1 2 - 7 : 5 2 - 8 : 2 2 - 9 : 7 2 - 10 : 4 2 - 11 : 2

Catalog Number
BC30 • BC31 • QC31

Kit Configuration
12x2.5mL

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Clinical Chemistry (Monthly)

Clinical Chemistry (Monthly)
EQAS Clinical Chemistry (Monthly) Program is an external quality assessment program for general chemistries and thyroids. Samples are tested and data submitted only once-per-month. Monthly reports provide informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons.
  • Lyophilized, human serum based
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
  • Reference Method Values available for parameters in green.
Analytes
Acid Phosphatase (Total)
Alanine Aminotransferase
(ALT/SGPT)
Albumin
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Amylase (Pancreatic)
Amylase (Total)
Aspartate Aminotransferase
(AST/SGOT)
Bilirubin (Direct)
Bilirubin (Total)
Calcium (Ionized)
Calcium (Total)
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Chloride
Cholesterol (HDL)
Cholesterol (LDL)
Cholesterol (Total)
Cholinesterase
Copper
Cortisol
Creatine Kinase (CK)
Creatinine
Gamma Glutamyl
Transferase (GGT)
Glucose
Iron
Iron Binding Capacity,
Total (TIBC)
Iron Binding Capacity,
Unsaturated (UIBC)
Lactate
Lactate Dehydrogenase
(LDH)
Lipase
Lithium
Magnesium
Osmolality
Phosphorus
Potassium
Protein (Total)
Sodium
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
(TSH)
Thyroxine (FT4), Free Thyroxine (T4), Total
Triglycerides
Triiodothyronine (FT3), Free Triiodothyronine (T3),Total
Urea
Urea Nitrogen
Uric Acid
Zinc


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
August 30, 2013: Reference Method Values (RMV)
December 15, 2012: IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0
July 7, 2012: New Pilot Analytes in Cycle 11 EQAS Clinical Chemistry (Monthly) Program BC5L/BC50
January 25, 2011: L → P vs. P → L Methods

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
12 - 7 : 27 12 - 8 : 24 12 - 9 : 31 12 - 10 : 28 12 - 11 : 26 12 - 12 : 30
 
13 - 1 : 28 13 - 2 : 25 13 - 3 : 29 13 - 4 : 27 13 - 5 : 24 13 - 6 : 15

Catalog Number
BC5L • BC50 • QC50

Kit Configuration
12x5mL

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Cardiac Markers

Cardiac Markers
EQAS Cardiac Markers Program is a monthly external quality assessment program for assessing cardiac health including D-dimer, that are tested in clinical labs and near patient/POC settings worldwide.
  • Liquid, human plasma based
  • Comprehensive menu of important cardiac assessment markers, plus D-dimer
  • 12-month cycle
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
BNP
CK-MB
D-dimer
hs-CRP
Myoglobin
NT-proBNP
Troponin I
Troponin T


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
None Available

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
1 - 10 : 21 1 - 11 : 18 1 - 12 : 18 2 - 1 : 15 2 - 2 : 20 2 - 3 : 17
 
2 - 4 : 15 2 - 5 : 19 2 - 6 : 16 2 - 7 : 21 2 - 8 : 18 2 - 9 : 16

Catalog Number
BC38 • BC39 • QC39

Kit Configuration
12x1.5mL

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Coagulation Program

Coagulation Program
EQAS Coagulation Program is an external quality assessment program designed for the quantitative measure of basic coagulation parameters, including Protein C and Protein S Activity. Twelve plasma samples are tested over the course of an annual cycle and results submitted once per month.
  • Lyophilized, human plasma based
  • 8 parameters for external assessment of laboratory coagulation test performance
  • 12-month cycle
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
Antithrombin III (ATIII)
APTT
Fibrinogen
INR
Protein C
Protein S
PT
Thrombin Time (TT)


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
February 26, 2014: Results outside the assay range & UR Codes

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
1 - 10 : 20 1 - 11 : 17 1 - 12 : 17 2 - 1 : 21 2 - 2 : 19 2 - 3 : 16
 
2 - 4 : 21 2 - 5 : 18 2 - 6 : 15 2 - 7 : 20 2 - 8 : 17 2 - 9 : 15

Catalog Number
BC33 • BC34 • QC34

Kit Configuration
12x1mL

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Ethanol/Ammonia Program

Ethanol/Ammonia Program
EQAS Ethanol/Ammonia Program is an international, monthly, external quality assessment program containing levels of ethanol and ammonia in serum that span normal to abnormal (or toxic) ranges.
  • Liquid, human serum based
  • Clinically relevant levels of serum Ethanoland Ammonia
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
Ammonia
Ethanol


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
None Available

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
1 - 10 : 27 1 - 11 : 24 1 - 12 : 31 2 - 1 : 28 2 - 2 : 26 2 - 3 : 30
 
2 - 4 : 28 2 - 5 : 25 2 - 6 : 29 2 - 7 : 27 2 - 8 : 24 2 - 9 : 29

Catalog Number
BC35 • CS35

Kit Configuration
12x3mL

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Hemoglobin Program

Hemoglobin Program
EQAS Hemoglobin Program is an external quality assessment program for Hemoglobin A1C, Total Glycated Hemoglobin and Hemoglobin A2. Samples are tested and results submitted once-per-month. Regular reports provide informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons. A special end-of-cycle summary provides comparison to NGSP/DCCT reference values.
  • Lyophilized, human whole blood based
  • Includes HbA1C and HbA2
  • 12-month cycle
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
  • Reference Method Values provided for select analytes
Analytes
Hemoglobin A1C
Hemoglobin A2
Hemoglobin (Total Glycated)


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
December 23, 2010: A1C (IFCC) reporting in mmol/mol

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
11 - 2 : 15 11 - 3 : 19 11 - 4 : 19 11 - 5 : 16 11 - 6 : 21 11 - 7 : 18
 
11 - 8 : 16 11 - 9 : 20 11 - 10 : 17 11 - 11 : 15 11 - 12 : 19 12 - 1 : 17

Catalog Number
BC80 • QC80

Kit Configuration
12x0.5mL

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Hematology Program

Hematology Program
EQAS Hematology Program is an international external assessment program for satisfying your basic hematology testing needs. Samples are provided in the convenience of liquid form in pierceable primary tubes and are to be tested on a monthly frequency. Valuable peer group and statistical comparisons are provided for each sample.
  • Liquid product with human RBCs
  • Choice of 11 basic hematology parameters
  • For use on manual or automated analyzers
  • Convenience of primary pierceable tubes
  • 12-month cycle consisting of 4 separate shipments
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
Hematocrit (HCT)
Hemoglobin
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin
Concentration (MCHC)
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)
Mean Platelet Volume (MPV)
Platelets (PLT)
Red Blood Cells (RBC)
Red Blood Cell Distribution Width (RDW)
Red Blood Cell Distribution Width
(RDW-SD)
White Blood Cells (WBC)




User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
August 20, 2013:
IMPORTANT NOTICE - EQAS Hematology Program Shipment C Sample Due Date Correction
June 3, 2013:
IMPORTANT NOTICE - EQAS Hematology Program Change to Sample Due Date
December 17, 2012:
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Change to Sample Due Date
December 5, 2012:
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0



Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
8 - 10 : 16
8 - 12 : 17 9 - 1 : 10 9 - 3 : 19
8 - 11 : 29
    9 - 2 : 30    
 
9 - 4 : 10 9 - 6 : 18 9 - 7 : 9 9 - 9 : 17
9 - 5 : 30     9 - 8 : 27    

Catalog Number
BC90A • BC90B • BC90C • BC90D • QC90A • QC90B • QC90C • QC90D

Kit Configuration
3x2mL

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Immunoassay (Monthly) Program

Immunoassay (Monthly) Program
EQAS Immunoassay (Monthly) Program is a comprehensive program covering 55 of the most commonly tested immunoassay analytes including endocrinology, thyroid function, oncology and therapeutic drugs. Samples are tested and results submitted once-per-month. Regular reports provide informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons
  • Lyophilized, human serum based
  • Comprehensive menu of the most commonly tested immunoassay analytes
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
17-α-OH-Progesterone
25-OH Vitamin D
β-2 Microglobulin
ACE
ACTH
Aldosterone
Alphafetoprotein (AFP)
C-Peptide
CA 15-3
CA 19-9
CA 27-29
CA 125
Calcitonin
Carbamazepine Carcinoembryonic Antigen
(CEA)
Cortisol
DHEA Sulfate
Digoxin
Estradiol
Estriol, Free (UE3)
Ferritin
Folate
Follicle Stimulating Hormone
(FSH)
Gastrin
hCG
hGH
Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
Insulin
Intact PTH
LH
NSE
Phenobarbital
Phenytoin
Plasma Renin Activity
Progesterone
Prolactin
PSA (Free)
PSA (F/T Ratio)
PSA (Total)
Renin
S100 Protein
Sex Hormone Binding
Globulin (SHBG)
T3 Uptake
T-Uptake
Testosterone
Theophylline
Thyroxine Stimulating
Hormone (TSH)
Thyroxine Binding Globulin
(TBG)
Thyroxine, Free (FT4)
Thyroxine (T4), Total
Transferrin
Triiodothyronine, Free (FT3)
Triiodothyronine (T3), Total
Valproic Acid
Vitamin B12




User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Change to Sample Due Date
End-of-Cycle LH reporting on Vitros ECi
February 26, 2014: Results outside the assay range & UR Codes

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
11 - 1 : 15 11 - 2 : 12 11 - 3 : 12 11 - 4 : 9 11 - 5 : 14 11 - 6 : 11
 
11 - 7 : 9 11 - 8 : 13 11 - 9 : 10 11 - 10 : 8 11 - 11 : 12 11 - 12 : 10

Catalog Number
BC7L • BC70 • BC75 • QC75

Kit Configuration
12x5mL

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Lipids Program

Lipids Program
EQAS Lipids Program is a monthly external quality assessment program containing serum analytes for a full range of lipid profile.
  • Liquid, human serum based
  • Comprehensive menu of lipid profile analytes
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com.
Analytes
Apolipoprotein A-1
Apolipoprotein B
Cholesterol (HDL)
Cholesterol (LDL)
Cholesterol (Total)
Triglycerides
Pilot Analyte
Lipoprotein (a)


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
None Available

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
1 - 9 : 06 1 - 10 : 03 1 - 11 : 03 1 - 12 : 07 2 - 1 : 05 2 - 2 : 02
 
2 - 3 : 07 2 - 4 : 04 2 - 5 : 01 2 - 6 : 06 2 - 7 : 03 2 - 8 : 01

Catalog Number
BC46 • BC47 • QC47

Kit Configuration
12x3mL

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Serum Protein Programs

Serum Protein Programs
EQAS Serum Protein Programs is an external quality assessment program for testing specific serum proteins, including kappa and lambda light chains. Samples are tested and results submitted each month. Regular reports provide informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons.
  • Lyophilized, human serum based
  • Comprehensive menu for external assessment of serum protein assays
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
α-1 Acid Glycoprotein
α-1 Antitrypsin
α-2 Macroglobulin
Β-2 Microglobulin
Albumin
Antistreptolysin O (ASO)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
Ceruloplasmin
Complement C3
Complement C4
Haptoglobin
Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
Immunoglobulin M (IgM)
Prealbumin
Protein (Total)
Rheumatoid Factor (RF)
Transferrin


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
January 7, 2014: Total vs. Free Kappa and Lambda Light Chains
December 5, 2012: IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
40 - 12 : 13 41 - 1 : 10 41 - 2 : 10 41 - 3 : 14 41 - 4 : 12 41 - 5 : 9
 
41 - 6 : 14 41 - 7 : 11 41 - 8 : 8 41 - 9 : 13 41 - 10 : 10 41 - 11 : 8

Catalog Number
BC23 • QC23

Kit Configuration
12x0.5mL

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Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Program

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Program
EQAS Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Program is an external quality assessment program for monitoring up to 21 analytes. Participants submit results each month and receive regular reports with informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons.
  • Lyophilized, human plasma based
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • Analytes targeted at therapeutic, sub-therapeutic and toxic levels
  • 12-month cycle
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
  • Weighed-in Values provided for select analyses at end of cycle
Analytes
Acetaminophen
Amikacin
Amitriptyline
Caffeine
Carbamazepine
Cyclosporine
Digoxin
Ethosuximide
Gentamicin
Lithium
Methotrexate
Nortriptyline
Phenobarbital
Phenytoin
Primidone
Salicylate
Theophylline
Tobramycin
Tricyclic Antidepressants
(TCA) Screen
Valproic Acid
Vancomycin


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
December 5, 2012: IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0
February 26, 2014: Results outside the assay range & UR Codes

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
38 - 9 : 29 38 - 10 : 26 38 - 11 : 26 38 - 12 : 30 39 - 1 : 28 39 - 2 : 25
 
39 - 3 : 30 39 - 4 : 27 39 - 5 : 24 39 - 6 : 29 39 - 7 : 26 39 - 8 : 31

Catalog Number
BC05 • BC10 • QC05

Kit Configuration
12x5mL

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Tumor Marker -- DISCONTINUED

Tumor Marker -- DISCONTINUED
EQAS Tumor Marker Program is an international external quality assessment program offering key tumor markers, including the important myeloma maker, S-100 Protein. Twelve samples are tested over the course of an annual cycle and results submitted once per month.
  • Lyophilized, human serum based
  • Comprehensive list of analytes at normal and abnormal levels
  • 12-month cycle
  • Submit results for the appropriate sample every month
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
ACTH
Alphafetoprotein (AFP)
CA 15-3
CA 19-9
CA 27 .29
CA 125
Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)
hCG
NSE
PSA (Free)
PSA (Free/Total Ratio)
PSA (Total)
S100 Protein




User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
December 5, 2012: IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
40 - 12 : 13
 
JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC

Catalog Number
BC24 • QC24

Kit Configuration
12x1mL

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Urine Chemistry Program

Urine Chemistry Program
EQAS Urine Chemistry Program is a comprehensive matrix appropriate program offering up to 24 of the most commonly tested basic and specialty urine chemistry analytes. Samples are tested once-per-month. Laboratories will receive informative monthly end-of-cycle reports providing statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons.
  • Liquid, aqueous samples
  • Comprehensive menu for monitoring performance of Blood Gas,Electrolytes, Glucose, Lactate and Magnesium
  • 12-month cycle
  • Choice of program size to suit your needs
  • Option to submit results electronically and view reports online at QCNet.com
Analytes
5-Hydroxyindoleacetic
Acid (5-HIAA)
Aldosterone
Calcium (Total)
Chloride
Cortisol (Free)
Creatinine
Dopamine
Epinephrine
Glucose
Homovanillic Acid (HVA)
Hydroxyproline (Total)
Magnesium
Metanephrine
Microalbumin
Norepinephrine
Normetanephrine
Osmolality
Phosphorus
Potassium
Protein (Total)
Sodium
Urea Nitrogen
Uric Acid
Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA)


User Documentation
EQAS User Guide
Order Form / Enrollment Document

Customer Notifications
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Z-Score Limits Lowered to 3.0

Program Dates ( Cycle Number - Sample Number : Due Date )
6 - 2 : 14 6 - 3 : 11 6 - 4 : 11 6 - 5 : 8 6 - 6 : 13 6 - 7 : 10
 
6 - 8 : 08 6 - 9 : 12 6 - 10 : 9 6 - 11 : 14 6 - 12 : 11 7 - 1 : 9

Catalog Number
BC40 • BC45 • QC40

Kit Configuration
12x10mL

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EQAS Quality Specification Report

EQAS Quality Specification Report

As an international EQA provider, Bio-Rad determines the acceptable performance of a laboratory participating in their EQAS® Program. Performance of each reported test result is based on a statistical comparison to a robust mean and standard deviation. The use of robust statistics based on ISO 13528 and assessment against a consensus group mean are widely accepted practices used in many ISO 17043 accredited programs.

Globally, a number of regulatory bodies and scientific organizations have independently determined acceptable performance criteria(quality specifications)for a number of key laboratory tests.These are based on Biological Variation, regulatory or scientific recommendations.

In the new EQAS® Quality Specification Report, a laboratory may assess their EQA test performance based on the quality specification of their choice. Performance in this report is based on the percent deviation of the reported test result. This value-added report is only available through EQAS® Online. A laboratory may generate their EQAS® Quality Specification Report for each sample reported on. It does not replace the EQAS® Sample Report.

Bio-Rad will initially offer Biological Variation (BV) limits (minimal, desirable and optimal), CLIA proficiency limits, RiliBÄK, RCPA, QMP-LS and GOST criteria for acceptable analytical performance in the EQAS® Quality Specification Report. Additional performance criteria (quality specifications) and guidelines will follow.


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