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Quality Assurance Unit - Scheme Details

Microbiology
PT Number
PT0134
Scheme title
Equine Microbiology
Suitable testing methods
Various culture and isolation methods and these may include additional confirmatory tests.
Participants will be given clinical information about the sample, as would happen with most usual sample submissions to a laboratory. Using normal routine procedures the participants will make their choice of tests to try to determine the organisms present. The panel from time to time may also include a sample for Antibiotic Sensitivity Test (AST) for either a gram negative or gram positive organism.
Reporting format
Please record any pathogen found in the Intended Pathogen box. Indicate whether isolate would be sent to a reference laboratory for further confirmatory tests. Finally, where other organisms are isolated, these can be entered in the other organisms found boxes.
The final report will be issued electronically. These will show the intended pathogen and other organisms isolated, as well as the results from all other participants.
Results to be returned within
21 days
Number of samples in each distribution
3
Sample Type
Simulated clinical specimen -0.1 ml freeze dried sample in glass vial. Samples may contain pathogenic and non pathogenic organisms. The organisms will be either reference or field strains.
Packaging and transport details
UN3373 – Biological substance category B. Courier delivery required which will incur additional charges. Please contact the QA unit for further details
Number of distributions per year
4
Accreditation status
ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity assessment - General requirements for proficiency testing.
NB: The Blot testing part of this scheme is not covered by UKAS accreditation
Date scheme started
2009
Notes
In some laboratories, Veterinarians comments on laboratory results from “real” samples can be part of the submissions and result reporting process, especially when deciding whether or not an organism is considered a pathogen and thus have implications diagnosis and any treatment offered.
In this case of the EQA scheme, Veterinarians are able to make their comments in the comments box on the result entry sheets, however these comments are not considered as part of the EQA scheme and will not be assessed.
For price and detail of distribution months please see price list or contact: vetqas@apha.gsi.gov.uk
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