Participation is open to health care professionals in all areas of clinical and scientific practice, including primary and secondary care centres. Participation by industrial and other laboratories is welcomed. Registration is open to laboratories in all countries, whether government supported, private or commercial.
The nominated participant, normally the person with overall responsibility for the laboratory, is requested to register for all tests included in UK NEQAS BC, which their laboratory offers as a service.
Participants are invited to register for online data entry and reporting. All participants are asked to provide email contact details, as these will be used for alerts about survey distribution and availability of reports. Email addresses alongside other participant information are confidential, and not shared with any third party.
As part of registration, participants in the UK are requested to formally agree to adhere to the Joint Working Group's Conditions of Participation in UK EQA Schemes. With the few exceptions indicated in these Conditions, the Director is obliged to observe strict confidentiality regarding individual performance. All participant details are held in strict confidence and are not shared with any third party. Use of the participant number will assist in maintaining confidentiality in survey correspondance.
Participants register for the tests required within each level of the programme - this usually equates to the array of tests they perform on a clinical basis. Participants are expected to return results for any test for which they have registered, when that test is included in a survey distribution. See data analysis and performance for further details.