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Weqas is the leading provider of External Quality Assessment (EQA) services for the Point of Care Testing (POCT) market. Quality assurance is an essential component for delivery of a safe and reliable POCT services and includes all the measures taken to ensure investigations are accurate and evidence based. Delivering accredited POCT EQA programmes to Secondary Care, Primary Care, Company Occupational Health providers and retail pharmacies, both nationally and internationally.
Weqas is successfully supporting and strengthening the quality assurance framework in Point of Care Testing (POCT) as an alternative to laboratory-based diagnostic services, by working closely with policy makers to ensure robust regulatory frameworks are implemented and are evidence based, clinically effective and safe. Weqas is directed by a Consultant Clinical Biochemist with over 30 years experience in Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Lead for Cardiff &Vale UHB POCT for over 20 years. Annette Thomas director of Weqas also chairs the ‘All Wales’ POCT Coordinators Group and represents POCT in Welsh Government Advisory Committees. POCT EQA Programmes are accredited for conformity assessment-General requirements for proficiency testing (ISO/CASCO 17043:2010), please view our Schedule of Accreditation for Weqas Proficiency Testing.
Participation in an accredited EQA Programme can provide valuable information on the performance of the device and reassurance of user competencies. This encompasses many aspects including the evaluation of equipment to ensure ‘fitness for clinical purpose’, the appropriate training and competency assessment of all users, implementation of a robust quality management system, including risk assessment performance monitoring and clinical audit. Weqas POCT EQA programmes are designed using clinical material (patient or volunteer samples). Material is collected, prepared, manipulated, analysed and distributed ‘ready to use’ to Clinical sites for analysis and/or clinical interpretation.
Annual subscription covers a period from April 1st to March 31st, participants can join at any time throughout the year and will be invoiced on a pro rata basis.
A distribution schedule is sent to all registered participants with information of which programme is to be distributed and a corresponding distribution code with send-out and return dates. This schedule is available within our Participant Zone. Samples are dispatched within the UK by first class post, non-UK customers can choose between sample dispatch by Royal Mail International Track& Sign or Courier service.
Reports are available to view or print on the web on the ‘report date’ which is 3 working days after the ‘end period’ date. For information about report statistics and interpretation of reports please download our guides How to interpret your Report? and our Weqas Participant’s manual for POCT EQA users.
The primary intention of the activities of POCT EQA services shall be to support quality improvement of the services provided by the participating sites for the benefit of the patient. EQA programmes are accredited, delivering confidence to the end user in helping to strengthen regulation, improve quality of care and patient outcomes, with education and training provided.
Please browse through our individual EQA programmes for further information.
Weqas offers two full On-Line interactive services for our EQA programmes for accessing reports and submission of results. Most of the POCT Programmes are available through our Weqas interactive website, however 3 Schemes, POCT Glucose and Ketones, POCT Lipid and POCT Urinalysis are managed through a third part website. These Programmes are accessed at: POCT Interactive
A web registration form is available from WEQAS for access to the POCT Interactive web site for reports and result entry. For security reasons, access for Group Administrator level is restricted to POCT Co-ordinators that have successfully completed the website training course and assessment. Training is provided through a series of web guides, available as part of the training package and available for download from our Resources page or click on the link provided.
This service allows participants to review their performance as soon as the statistical analysis process has been completed and verified. Users can also register to automatically receive their reports direct to their email in PDF format on release of each distribution’s statistics.
The site allows participants to access more detailed information regarding their performance in relation to other participants using the same method and / or analyser than is available in the standard hard copy report. In addition, summary data for all other instruments and methods is available for any distribution in which you have participated.
Other actions which can be completed via the website include return of distribution results and updating of method and instrument usage.
Reports are not currently archived off the system, so participants have access to historical reports generated since the introduction of the interactive database.