IEQAS Schemes

Distribution Schedule 2018

Clinical Chemistry 8 Jan; 5 Feb; 5 Mar; 3 Apr; 8 May; 5 Jun; 2 Jul; 7 Aug; 3 Sep; 8 Oct; 5 Nov; 3 Dec

FBC/Blood Cell Morphology 29 Jan; 26 Mar; 28 May; 30 Jul; 24 Sep; 26 Nov

HbA1c  6 Feb; 15 May; 14 Aug; 16 Oct (dates may change; dependent on donor availability)

POCT Lipids 14 Feb; 11 April; 15 Aug; Oct (final date TBA)

NCCP Tumour Markers 12 Feb; *15 May; 13 Aug; 12 Nov (dates may change)

* date revised

Clinical chemistry (general)

One sample, monthly: commercially prepared human-based (lyophilised or liquid); or fresh serum. 

Alb, Chol, HDL, LDL, Creat, eGFR, Ca, Cl, Gluc, Iron, Transferrin, K, Lactate, Li, Mg, Na, Osmol, Phos, TBili, TProt, Trig, Urate, Urea, ALT, AST, Amylase, ALP, CK, GGT, LDH.


Two samples, quarterly: fresh donor blood, with HbA1c values covering the diabetes range; IFCC reference values assigned by the European Reference Laboratory for Glycohemoglobin. 

Also suitable for POCT meters.

Full Blood Count

Two samples, bi-monthly: commercially prepared; or fresh blood.


Blood Cell Morphology

One sample, bi-monthly: stained blood smears, with summary FBC data.

Manual 100 cell differential count and most significant morphological observations. Primarily an education scheme with no laboratory scoring, but with individual comments and advice as appropriate.  Annual review at IEQAS Conference.

POCT (Lipids, HbA1c)

Information sheet for POCT sites

For Reference:

Guidance on the Provision of Testing Services in Pharmacies, PSI, Version 1, Feb 2014 details

Guidelines for Safe & Effective Management & Use of Point of Care Testing, 2007 details

Guidelines for Safe & Effective Management & Use of Point of Care Testing (Primary and Community Care), 2009  details

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