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We regret that participants registered with the Westergren and Wintrobe methods did not receive their 2103ES samples to schedule. These samples will be distributed to you on the 9th September 21.
Please remember to include your PRN on the form. Participants in these groups will not be penalised for late return.
We apologise again for any inconvenience caused, please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further assistance.
We regret that several participants have not received their instruction sheet for 2106BF in the latest distribution. Please click here to download a copy for your records. The survey will close on the 16th of September as per the schedule. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries please contact [email protected]
We regret that several packages for the 2108NH distribution have been delayed due to an internal administrative oversight. These packages were dispatched on Friday 20th August and we advise that you allow 4 days for them to arrive. As a result of this delay, we will not close the distribution for return of results until Wednesday 8th September. We apologise for this inconvenience. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected].
As a result of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone this year’s Joint UK NEQAS BTLP/BBTS Blood Bank Technology SIG Annual meeting, which was due to be held in November 2021 at the NEC Birmingham.
The new date for the meeting is November 24th 2022 at the Gallery Suite, NEC Birmingham.
Pre-paid places for the 2021 event will automatically be transferred to the 2022 event.
UK NEQAS is pleased to announce a series of pan-disciplinary webinars every Monday in September 2021 on Digital and Interpretive EQA . The webinars will be free to attend and further details will be made available soon here.
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Due to the resent custom changes as of the 1st July can participants please notify us of any delays in the receipt of your EQA samples by Monday the 12th July 2021
UK NEQAS Services Available List 2021-2022
The UK NEQAS Services Available List is a comprehensive directory of all UK NEQAS External Quality Assessment (EQA) / Proficiency Testing (PT) programmes, and is available to view online now. Haematology-related EQA programmes are listed on pages 8-10 of the directory.
The directory features over 500 different EQA/PT programmes covering over 5,000 unique analytes, ensuring full coverage of all aspects of clinical laboratory testing.
The UK NEQAS consortium has developed several new pilot modules and have launched a range of Covid-19 services, including new EQA/PT programmes and educational competency programmes, details of which can be found within the Services Available List.
We are aware that some participants may have IT access issues relating to a ransomware attack. UK NEQAS Haematology results will be accepted late without penalty from participants in this region if you are unable to submit by the closing date for any distribution.
Following the UK NEQAS Haematology webinars held in March 2021, please find below links to the recordings of each webinar:
Week 2 Recording: Troubleshooting Haematology EQA, Tuesday 16 March (click here)
Week 3 Recording: Haemoglobinopathy EQA Cases, Tuesday 23 March (click here)
Matrix J users for the ADLC programme are asked to report a nucleated red blood cell count as part of the April ADLC survey (2102DL). For a copy of the distribution field notice released click here.
UK NEQAS Haematology:
Re-Registration process is now closed for UK NEQAS Haematology. For queries, please contact [email protected]
UK NEQAS Blood Transfusion Laboratory Practice BTLP:
Re-Registration process is now closed for UK NEQAS Blood Transfusion. For queries, please contact [email protected].
Please click here for the UK NEQAS Haematology Participants’ Manual – Version 11 (February 2021) available to download.
Please click here for the Haematology Newsletter 2021-2022
Please click here for the BTLP Newsletter 2021-2022
PDF copies of exercise schedules have been uploaded and can be accessed in our documents section. You can also use our new online schedules list by clicking here Online schedules.
The online schedules page allows you to view all the exercises along with the opening, closing and reporting dates. You will also be able to filter down and view schedules for individual shcemes. Further to this you can view an individualised schedule for your own PRN from that same page as long as you are logged in. To do this click the Login button, login with your PRN,Identity and Password and click the Distribution schedules option from the drop down menu with your initials.
All schedules allow you to export them as PDFs or Excel sheets so you can download and / or print them.
The recording of our webinar is now available online on our YouTube channel. You can find it by clicking here. We hope to host further webinars in the future, if you have any ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, please email us
Due to an unforeseen material processing issue, 2101F has been delayed for 1 day. This affects the dispatch, closing and reporting of the exercise. We have every confidence that the material used will (on this occasion) be valid for an extra day, but we will be performing additional in house testing to ascertain whether this is the case. Please accept our sincere apologies for this delay.
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The UK NEQAS President has issued an updated communication from the UK NEQAS Charity Central Office to all UK NEQAS participants. The letter is available here or from the Covid-19 response banner above. If you have any queries or concerns about UK NEQAS Haematology and Transfusion services during the pandemic, please contact us directly ( [email protected] or [email protected]).
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to obtain sufficient material to run the 2005F (dispatched 15/09/20), and we have been able to fulfil our plan to send three samples on this occasion. You should be able to submit all results via our normal website, please let us know if you have any issues by contacting us by email [email protected].
We hope to repeat this with the next few exercises to catch up with the missed exercises in May and July. We hope to have the report out in the usual timescale but due to the additional data to process and the need for additional validation, we may be slightly late releasing the report. Please bear with us if this is the case, we want to make sure that reports we send are correct.
The Annual Participants’ meeting 2020 was cancelled as a result of the national Covid-19 restrictions and we have taken the difficult decision not to hold a face-to-face meeting in 2021 because of continued uncertainty. We will hold three webinars free-of-charge for participants on March 9, 16 and 23 2021 and plan to offer further online or streamed educational activities in place of the Participants’ Meeting in the Autumn of 2021.
UK NEQAS offers a range of EQA to support Covid-19 diagnostic and monitoring testing. Click here for more information.
UK NEQAS Haematology and Transfusion specimens are a low risk for Covid-19 infection, compared to clinical samples. We have undertaken a risk assessment and advice on handling our specimens and packages during the pandemic can be found here.
We gave consideration to cancelling and moving the exercise to a different date, however with the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19, it seemed very unlikely that there would be any short-term improvement in access to material.
The data entry pages for the exercise will still have details for both Patients 1 and 2. We have marked all Patient 2 samples as “Unsatisfactory sample quality – Sample not received” so that you can submit results without entering data for Patient 2.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change.
The Royal College of Pathologist has set up a new pathology wide External Quality Assurance (EQA) review programme to improve the governance and culture of pathology Quality Assurance (QA). This is an opportunity for experienced laboratory medicine professionals to contribute their expertise to the four workstreams that have been established. If you are interested, please click here for more information or email [email protected]
We were delighted by the news that Professor Keith Hyde, former UK NEQAS Haematology Director, has been elected to the IBMS Council. Follow him on Twitter @kh2409.
UK NEQAS Haematology is looking to recruit an experienced Beckman Coulter instrument user to the Automated Counting Scientific Advisory Group. If you are interested or would like to know more, please email the Scheme Director ([email protected]).