2024 Molecular Pathology and Technical EQA scheme registration closes in:

Costs of Participation

EMQN is a community interest company (CIC) registered in England (Number: 12020789. VAT / Tax Number: 329563282). As a CIC, we recognise the financial constraints being imposed upon many laboratories and therefore we keep our participation fees as low as possible. We therefore offer a number of options to help laboratories manage the costs of EQA participation.

Our participation costs vary depending on the EQA scheme. The information below gives an overview however we advise that you consult our online EQA scheme catalogue, or EQA scheme participant guide, which can be downloaded from HERE.

  • As of 2022, we will be offering our membership at no yearly cost and you can register up to 10 users to an account. Additional quotas of users can be purchased.
  • £100 to £920 – EQA schemes

Sponsored EQA schemes

Sometimes we receive sponsorship from a third party (for example AstraZeneca) to cover the costs of laboratory participation in an EQA scheme. When this happens, this is clearly documented in the scheme catalogue and the scheme cost is discounted accordingly from the laboratory’s invoice after the scheme registration process has finished.

Scheme Bundle Discounts

EMQN also offers discounts dependent upon the number of EQA schemes purchased. We are offering a 7.5% discount for 6 or more EQA schemes purchased, with this increasing to a 15% discount when 12 or more EQA schemes have been purchased.

Laboratories in developing / evolving economies

If a laboratory meets the thresholds outlined in our  “Evolving Economies Discount”  option, then it may be eligible for discounted costs of participation. This option is offered to encourage EQA scheme participation.


EMQN works with a number of different distributors to ensure that our activities are accessible to all interested laboratories. This is particularly important in countries outside of the EU where customs and importation restrictions make it difficult for individual laboratories to get import licenses. Where distributor arrangements exist, then their may be differences in the pricing structure due to VAT/Tax, logistics and handling costs.

VAT / Tax

The pricing of all products sold by EMQN (EQA schemes and memberships) is exclusive of VAT/Tax which will be charged on our invoices as follows:

  • Customers from the United Kingdom (UK): Our products are liable to VAT and this will be added to all invoices.
  • Customers outside of the UK: VAT/Tax will not be charged on invoices.

Payment terms

Our payment terms are 30 days. There are penalties for late payment and interest (Bank of England base rate plus 1%), charged per month, will be applied to outstanding balances after the invoice payment date.

Purchase orders

If you require a purchase order quote to register for the EQA scheme then please contact us (office@emqn.org).

Other information

EMQN is a community interest company (CIC) registered in England (Number: 12020789. VAT/Tax Number: 329563282).  For more information please contact us (finance@emqn.org) or see our website (https://www.emqn.org/participating-in-eqa/terms-conditions/).

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