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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.
For more information on Laboratory EQA Programmes.