The professional advisory structure for Weqas is a Steering Committee which meets with the organisers of Weqas three times a year. Steering Committee members selected are renowned within their fields with medical, scientific or technical experience to cover the scope of EQA services provided and advise the organisers of Weqas on the overall operation of the programme. Steering Committee members discuss the frequency of distribution of materials, the types of materials to be distributed, methods of statistical analysis and data presentation, the desirability of introducing new investigations to the programme, evaluation of criteria for satisfactory performance, the critical cut offs, the appropriate clinical range, clinical advice and interpretative comments. The Steering Committee is not concerned with the performance of individual participating laboratories, except where this might indicate a failure in the operation of the programme.
The Steering Committee discusses with the organisers criteria for satisfactory performance and they have agreed that the responsibility for the acceptance of such criteria will rest with the National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel for Chemical Pathology (NQAAP). All members of the Steering Committee are available to receive comments from participants, although the majority of comments are received by the organisers via the “helpline”.
Steering Committee Members
Chairman, General Clinical Biochemistry advice with Quality Control as area of expertise. Consultant Clinical Biochemist, BSc, MSc, PhD, DipRCPath. Chemical Pathology Department, Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust, Luton.
General Clinical Biochemistry advice, Advisor for HbA1c Scheme. Chair IFCC ED- Diabetes Biomarkers Committee. Consultant Clinical Biochemist, BSc, MSc, PhD, MCB, FRCPath.
Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology, Ex-Chair of Joint Working Group in Clinical Chemistry . Ex-chair of NQAAP in Chemistry. Consultant Chemical Pathologist, BSc, MB, BCh, MD, FRCPath.
Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology. Ex-Deputy Chair of Joint Working Group in Clinical Chemistry . Ex-chair of NQAAP in Chemistry. Consultant Chemical Pathologist, BSc, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPath, FACB.
Consultant Clinical Scientist, BSc, MSc, PhD, FIBMS, MRSC. Area of expertise – Toxicology.
Biochemistry Manager and IT lead. Biomedical Scientist, CSci FIBMS. General Pathology advice. Area of expertise – Quality Control and IT. IBMS representative.
Senior Lecturer and Director Post Grad Research. BSc, PhD. Registered Clinical Scientist. Area of expertise – HbA1c, POCT device evaluation. Member IFCC ED- Diabetes Biomarkers Committee.
Consultant Chemical Pathologist.
Laboratory Manager, BSc, MSc, PhD, FIBMS. Area of expertise – Angiogenic markers.
Principal Clinical Scientist, BSC, MSc, FRCPath, PGDip. Area of expertise – Immunology.
Consultant Clinical Scientist, MBE, BSc, MSc, FRCPath. Area of expertise – Virology.
Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, MBChB, MMed (Chempath), FRCPath. Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology. Clinical lead in inborn errors of metabolism and porphyria. Advisor for Porphyrin Scheme.