Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories

2024 CLIA Proposed Acceptance Limits for Proficiency Testing

In 2019 CLIA proposed a new set  of quality requirements for proficiency testing. Here's what was listed in the Federal Register for public comment. UPDATED! July 11, 2022: new goals slated for implementation in 2024! There are 23 changes for the 2024 goals (from 2019) - highlighted in bold!!

Consolidated measurement uncertainty specifications

In June 2022, the EFLM database began listing specifications for the extended allowable maximum measurement uncertainty. Now there is a formula to generate all the uncertainties you need..

Consolidated Comparison of Immunoassay Performance Specifications

A current comparison of Global Performance Specifications for Immunoassay Assays.

New Goals for MU Goals

CCLM has published a set of 13 analytical performance specifications for measurement uncertainty. Only 7 years after the Milan Consensus Meeting. And only 15-20 years after MU took center stage in the laboratory quality debate.

Consolidated Comparison of Chemistry Performance Specifications

Standarization or Standarisation? Harmonization or Harmonisation? We seem to be headed toward a schism in performance specifications, rather than a consensus. Here's a current comparison of Global Performance Specifications for Chemistry Assays.

The New Era of Biological Variation: EUBIVAS

The Milan EFLM Task Finishing Groups on Biologic Variation have realized they may never be finished. So they have been converted into standing committees of the EFLM for European Biological Variation Study (EuBIVAS). The "Ricos Goals" are no more - Long Live The EFLM Goals!

Consolidated Comparison of Hematology and Coagulation Performance Specifications

It's 2022, do you know how good your hematology performance needs to be? Just as with chemistry and immunoassay, there's no general consensus, agreement or standardization. But here's a consolidated summary that reveals how large the discrepancies are.

French EQA performance specifications

One of the leading EQA programs of France is ProBioQual. They have their own set of EQA acceptance limits, which include some copied from the "Ricos goals" but most of them set through analysis of their own participant performance. How do these specifications compare to CLIA and Ricos TEa?

A selection of SEKK-DMax specifications

The Czech EQA program SEKK has one of the largest lists of analytical quality performance specifications. They are modeled after what's called the Dmax. How does this specification compare to TEa? Let's see.

Belgium EQA performance specifications

Another country heard from? The Belgian Institut Scientifique de Sante Publique has a set of EQA performance specifications. How are they similar and different from the goals we're used to seeing?