UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays

CPA(EQA) Accredited since 1998

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.

Useful Information

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 (birminghamquality@uhb.nhs.uk)

All scientific / technical queries will continue to be answered by UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays from Bristol. (ukneqas.antibiotics@nbt.nhs.uk)

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 BACK SAMPLES, THE SCHEME IS NOW OFFERING A SERVICE TO PROVIDE THESE FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES AT A PRICE OF £12 PER SAMPLE.

PARTICIPANTS CAN NOW FIND THE ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2015 – 2016 BELOW.

Contact Details

Email: ukneqas.antibiotics@nbt.nhs.uk

Tel: +44 (0)117 414 6270 (answerphone)

Fax: +44 (0) 117 323 8332


Scheme Organisational Chart 

Scheme Contact Details

 


 

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.


 

NEWS

 

Upgrade of Wolfson EQA Software to allow online access!

The Scheme is fully online for result return and download of reports.

 

Scheme Managers:

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...

ukneqas.antibiotics@nbt.nhs.uk

 

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.

Registration form                                         


 

Information Sources for Scheme Members

Follow the links to access each document:

THE PARTICIPANT’s MANUAL v12.0 ON-LINE

 

Confused about the groups and scores shown on your monthly report? 

The Scoring System Explained!     

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.       

Interested in what you had to say about our scheme?  Click the link below and see what changes we will make as a response to your requests…        

Latest Participant Satisfaction User Survey

Latest Participant Satisfaction Questionnaire

Do you need repeat samples? 

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. 

ukneqas.antibiotics@nbt.nhs.uk

 


 

Distribution Dates

 


The Weighed-in and Target Concentrations

2015 – 2016                                    2016 - 2017

Distribution 3636  April 2015                         Distribution 3849  April 2016

Distribution 3637  May 2015                          Distribution 3850  May 2016

Distribution 3638  June 2015                          Distribution 3851  June 2016

Distribution 3639  July 2015                          Distribution 3852  July 2016

Distribution 3640  August 2015                     Distribution 3853  August 2016

Distribution 3641  September 2015                Distribution 3854  September 2016

Distribution 3642  October 2015                    Distribution 3855  October 2016

Distribution 3643  November 2015                Distribution 3856  November 2016

Distribution 3644  December 2015                 Distribution 3857  December 2016

Distribution 3645  January 2016                     Distribution 3858  January 2017                    

Distribution 3646  February 2016                   Distribution 3859  February 2017

Distribution 3647  March 2016

Uncertainty Data

The data contained in the link below shows how the scheme has determined the uncertainty of measurement of the assigned value (ALTM). This is best shown by looking at the 95% CI (confidence intervals) around the target mean.

                                                          2016 – 2017

                                                         

Antifungal Panel

2015 – 2016                                    2016 - 2017

Distribution 3648   April 2015                        Distribution 3861   April 2016

Distribution 3649   May 2015                         Distribution 3862   May 2016

Distribution 3650   June 2015                         Distribution 3863   June 2016

Distribution 3651   July 2015                         Distribution 3864   July 2016

Distribution 3652   August 2015                    Distribution 3865   August 2016

Distribution 3653   September 2015               Distribution 3866   September 2016

Distribution 3654   October 2015                   Distribution 3867   October 2016

Distribution 3655   November 2015               Distribution 3868   November 2016

Distribution 3656   December 2015                Distribution 3869   December 2016

Distribution 3657   January 2016                    Distribution 3870   January 2017

Distribution 3658   February 2016                  Distribution 3871   February 2017

Distribution 3659    March 2016                    

Uncertainty Data

The data contained in the link below shows how the scheme has determined the uncertainty of measurement of the assigned value (ALTM). This is best shown by looking at the 95% CI (confidence intervals) around the target mean.

                                                          2016 – 2017

                                                                       


ANNUAL REPORTS

Annual Report for 2015 - 2016

Annual Report for 2014 - 2015

Annual Report for 2013-2014


 

Archive Target Values

2014 - 2015 (AFP),

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014 (AFP),

2013 - 2014

2012-2013 (AFP),

2012–2013

 


 

 

Links to other UK NEQAS related web-sites

 

UK NEQAS HOME PAGE

UK NEQAS for Microbiology

 


Information about CPA Accreditation

The programme is approved for laboratories wishing to obtain CPA (UK) accreditation having received accreditation from CPA (EQA) since 1998.


Publication of Weighed-in and Target Concentrations

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.


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