By providing external quality assessment for tests of blood coagulation carried out on instrument systems designed for Point of Care Testing (POCT), as part of the overall quality assurance, the programme aims to promote high standards of performance and practice, achieved with the UK NEQAS BC primary aim of education, by provision of independent, objective and impartial information.
The programme is open to all healthcare professionals, whether government supported, private or commercial concerns, at all sites, whether within or remote from hospital laboratories.
Participating centres in the INR programmes will be sent four surveys per year, each comprising two samples for INR determination. In the ACT programme, 3 distributions are scheduled per year. D-Dimer participants are sent 4 surveys per year, and ROTEM/TEG centres 2 surveys per year. The samples will be appropriate for the system registered and will be lyphilised human material which has been screened for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and for antibodies to hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus types 1 and 2 (anti-HIV-1+2).