We assess the ability of a laboratory to interpret data supplied with mock clinical referral information, and the laboratory's ability to subsequently produce a clear and accurate report.
Membership offers important benefits for a modest outlay and is open to public and private testing laboratories, commercial manufacturers of relevant instruments and reagents, and to pharmaceutical, veterinary and other laboratories.
EMQN is accredited by UKAS to the international standard for EQA scheme providers (ISO 17043). All of our EQA schemes are covered by our accreditation (unless explicitly stated in our scheme catalogue).
EMQN’s EQA schemes are designed to test the whole analytical process of a molecular diagnostics laboratory; the ability to interpret data in the light of clinical information supplied with a…
We are calling for volunteers from our membership to become more involved with EMQN by taking on the role of an EQA scheme assessor.
To participate in our EQA schemes you need to be a registered member of EMQN. There is a charge, which is payable yearly. Registered members of EMQN get an account for their laboratory on the EMQN website.
We recognise the financial constraints being imposed upon many laboratories and therefore we keep our participation fees as low as possible. We offer a number of options to help laboratories manage the costs of EQA participation and EMQN membership.
EMQN has an "Evolving Economies Discount Policy" that is offered to encourage participation by laboratories in developing countries. Elegible laboratores can apply for a discount off their EQA charges.
The EMQN is supported financially by subscription fees. By joining us, and/or registering for an EQA scheme, you are agreeing to abide by our terms and conditions as listed below.
In line with other external quality assurance schemes, EMQN uses performance criteria in its EQA schemes. These criteria are aimed at identifying laboratories that perform below the set standards in one or more aspects of the annual quality assurance scheme. Our published criteria do NOT apply to pilot EQA schemes.