Why EQA / proficiency testing benefits from expert assessment

The assessment team role

Our expert assessors share our dedication to improving the quality of genomic testing and reporting for patients.

They are experts in their respective fields, with many years of experience relevant to genomic testing, diagnostics, or reporting. They are already committed to improving quality in the molecular diagnostic community. After we train them in our methods, they are fully committed to our vision of helping every patient get the most accurate diagnostic test possible.

Their role includes:

  • Preparing “mock” clinical case referrals and advising on marking criteria
  • Assessing anonymised participant EQA results/reports
  • Contributing to EQA scheme summary reports
  • Reviewing appeals from participating laboratories

Why become an EQA assessor?

Joining our EQA assessment team has a wide range of benefits, to the genomics community, to patients, and to you. As a network, we can help laboratories across the world improve their clinical services and develop new EQA schemes to meet rising needs.

Your contribution matters!

  • Improve patient safety by detecting and informing laboratories of problems in testing methodology
  • Help genomics laboratories write clear, accurate reports
  • Help genomics laboratories keep up to date with the latest developments
  • Knock-on benefits to the wider genetics community
  • Share your experience of diagnostic testing and clinical report writing with global colleagues
  • Supplement your network with other international experts
  • Excellent opportunities for Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • A personal thank you gift from EMQN
  • Use learning to improve your own organisation’s clinical genomics service
  • Cost reimbursement when attending the annual assessment meeting
  • One free EQA scheme participation per scheme year (not including NGS schemes)

How to apply

We’d love to hear from you if you can offer:

  • Several years of experience testing/reporting clinical genomic test results, or a good background in clinical diagnostic research, and/or experience in clinical genomics.
  • A total of 3 – 4 days per year, 2 of which would usually be in a nice European city at our annual assessment meeting, for three successive EQA schemes.