Quality Control & Proficiency Testing

Quality Control & Proficiency Testing
To maintain the integrity and accuracy of our procedure and methods of analysis, our program features proficiency testing (PT) as conducted by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as procedures required by State and Federal regulations. BCL assures quality control (QC) of instrumentation performance by voluntarily participating in Bio-Rad and Diagnostic Stago Interlaboratory Comparison Programs.

BCL ensures the daily quality of patient results through a combination of analysis of commercial control specimens and verification of results through data review of multiple individuals. Every 8 hours of testing, 2-3 commercial control specimens are analyzed for each assay and the results obtained are compared against a defined acceptable range. Only when these results are within this defined range, indicating that the instrument and reagents are functioning normally, are patient results accepted and released. Atypical or highly abnormal results are confirmed by repeat analysis with original sample or dilution if necessary. Results are reviewed and verified by at least one staff and laboratory manager prior to release of the final patient report.