Please download the registration form today or contact the scheme to enrol or to obtain further information.
Please download the method and sub-method update form and fax or contact the scheme to update methods and sub-methods.
UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays is creating an evolving partnership with Birmingham Quality — host of UK NEQAS for Clinical Chemistry, and which is accredited by UKAS to ISO 17043 (PT provider 7860) for all schemes currently available. Birmingham Quality is part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Lovering continues to be the Organiser of the scheme, and Birmingham Quality will answer queries related to sample production, results analysis and data presentation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All scientific / technical queries will continue to be answered by UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays from Bristol. (email@example.com)
If you are unsure where to direct your e-mail, send to both parties where it will be triaged accordingly.
The partnership will continue to provide a first class EQA service to our participants and enable smaller UK NEQAS schemes to be able to transition more easily to ISO 17043 (the new standards for EQA providers), thus ensuring the quality of the EQA schemes that you subscribe to. We intend to attain accreditation of the UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays against ISO 17043 as soon as possible and ideally by April 2017, within Birmingham Quality's scope of accreditation.
In order for this transition to take place, you will have noticed some changes to the provision of the antibiotic assay scheme to ensure that all services provided by Birmingham Quality are as uniform as possible. The two main changes to the scheme that occurred in December 2016, were the number of antibiotic samples provided increased from a single specimen per month to three specimens per month. The antifungal panel is now distributed as 3 specimens every 2 months. This will facilitate more robust statistics when distributions are analysed to enable us to ensure that your performance will continue to be monitored appropriately. Specimens are distributed from Birmingham Quality.
Until April 2017, UK NEQAS for Antibiotics Assays will continue to report on your results from the A specimen only for the antibiotic scheme. The antifungal panel will also report on single specimen data. The first month report (of the bi-monthly distribution) will be populated from the ‘A’ sample and the second month will be populated with data from the ‘B’ sample.
Birmingham Quality will be reporting statistics using all three specimens using the Birmingham Quality A, B and C scoring system that many of you are already familiar with. A summary of the Birmingham Quality report for each distribution is available at the top of the page on the usual Birmingham Quality web-service page.
PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR
PARTICIPANTS CAN NOW FIND THE ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2015 – 2016 BELOW.
Tel: +44 (0)117 414 6270 (answerphone)
Fax: +44 (0) 117 323 8332
Antibiotic Assay Scheme Information:
This is an EQA scheme for Antibiotic Assay Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. We distribute six antibiotics monthly: amikacin, flucytosine, teicoplanin, tobramycin, plus gentamicin and vancomycin as a combined sample.
From April 2012, a new anti-fungal panel is available consisting of itraconazole, (+ hydroxyitraconazole as a combined sample), Posaconazole, voriconazole and flucytosine.
Results returns should be received two weeks after the distribution date, the date is shown on your results form. LATE RETURNS AFTER THE WEIGHED IN VALUES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED CANNOT BE ACCEPTED!
For full details on the terms and conditions of participation, please read the participant’s manual.
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The Scheme is fully online for result return and download of reports.
The Scheme Manager is Mr Alan Noel. Please make sure you use the scheme email address for correspondence to get a reply. Please ensure you quote your laboratory number in all correspondence.
If your lab routinely performs antibiotic assays then we could be the EQA scheme for you! Is your lab interested in participating? Would you like more details? Email us...
Alternatively download the registration form and update form below and send it back, either by fax or by email – you can find these in the scheme contact details.
Information Sources for Scheme Members
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Confused about the groups and scores shown on your monthly report?
Please be aware that participants are now penalised for non-returns and for returning a > result. Full details can be found in the participants’ manual.
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Click below to request them, including your scheme lab number, antibiotic required, distribution required (if applicable) or number of samples. Please put “repeat samples” in the email header.
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Information about CPA Accreditation
The programme is approved for laboratories wishing to obtain CPA (UK) accreditation having received accreditation from CPA (EQA) since 1998.
Weighed-in concentrations are published three days after each distribution has closed. An idea of the target values can be obtained from these. The targets (currently [since October 1998] - ALTM for all analytes) are published when the data is available. Returns will not normally be accepted after the weighed-in concentrations have been published on the WWW or on the telephone hotline.