Birmingham Quality Specimen Exchange Scheme [Pilot]
We already have had our Cholinesterase Specimen Exchange Scheme running for some time, but we are now opening this up for a much wider range of analytes across a range of matrices including Salivary Cortisol, Salivary Cortisone, Salivary Testosterone, Salivary 17-OH Progesterone and Serum Prednisolone.
This is a true community collective product. You have to contribute your own Specimens to become part of the service but all the data is presented in our familiar house-style with occasional added commentaries for that extra value added component.
There will be no charge to participants for distributions circulated up until March 2020.
|Scheme Particulars||Indicative Details|
|Accreditation body||Not accredited, scheme in Pilot Phase|
|UKAS Accredited Proficiency Testing Provider No||N/A|
|Number of distributions per year (nominal)||12|
|Specimens per distribution||3|
|Frequency of distribution||Quarterly per analyte|
|Material distributed||Clinical material from a variety of matrices|
|Nominal sample volume (mL)||0.5|
|Programme Director(s) / Organiser(s)||Finlay MacKenzie|
|Analyte||Approximate Range||Default Scheme Units|
|“Cholinesterase” Activity||not yet finalised||U/L|
|“Cholinesterase” Phenotype||not yet finalised|
|“Cholinesterase” Sensitivity Interpretation|
|Hydroxychloroquine||0.5 – 2.0||mg/L|
|Salivary 17OH Progesterone||100 – 1000||pmol/L|
|Salivary Cortisol||2 – 100||nmol/L|
|Salivary Cortisone||not yet finalised||nmol/L|
|Salivary Testosterone||1 – 20||nmol/L|
|Serum Prednisolone||40 – 2480||nmol/L|
Please use the sign up form to register your interest in this scheme (quoting your UK NEQAS Laboratory ID where available). We would encourage you to provide us with details of which analytes you measure and the analyser and ‘kit’ (reagent and calibrator) you are using. This will help us tailor the scheme to your needs.