Become an EQA Assessor

We are calling for volunteers from our membership to become more involved with EMQN by taking on the role of an EQA scheme assessor. Your contribution matters! And you don’t have to be an international expert to join us.

Why become an EQA Assessor?

Benefits to patients:

  • Improve patient safety by alerting laboratories to problems with their methodology.
  • Help genomics laboratories write unambiguous and accurate reports.
  • Help genomics laboratories to stay abreast of new developments.

Benefits to the wider genomics community:

  • Our focus is on education and patient safety, so with your help we can help laboratories across the world to improve their clinical services. We also work with our teams to develop new EQA schemes to meet service needs.

Benefits to you:

  • Share your experience of diagnostic testing and clinical report writing with global colleagues.
  • Improve your networking and scientific discussions with other international experts.
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments for your Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Benefits to your laboratory / organisation:

  • Report back what you have learnt to improve your own organisation’s clinical service.
  • Reimbursement for the costs of attending the annual assessment meeting.
  • Annual discount on EQA scheme participation fees.

You will require:

  • Several years of experience working in a clinical genetics department (or a good clinical diagnostic research background) and / or involvement in diagnostic genome testing and writing / reviewing clinical diagnostic reports.
  • A total time commitment of 3-4 days per year (of which 2 would usually be off-site at our annual assessment meeting, often in a nice European city) for 3 successive EQA schemes.

The role includes:

  • Preparation of ‘mock’ clinical case referrals and advising on EQA marking criteria.
  • Assessment of a cohort of anonymised participant EQA reports and results.
  • Contributing to and reviewing of EQA Scheme Reports and reviewing of complex appeals.
  • Training for the role will be provided.

If you are interested in getting involved, then please complete the online application form.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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