Participation in internal and external quality assurance systems is a useful tool for production of reliable laboratory results of consistently good quality.
Descriptions of the EQAS
The National Food Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre and one of the coordinating agencies of WHO GFN, is responsible for conducting the WHO GFN EQAS for Salmonella serotyping and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST).
This programme is developed specifically for national reference laboratories participating in the WHO GFN, and runs annually. Laboratories participating in the EQAS receive the strains by mail. The strains should be tested by the methods routinely used in the laboratory and the results should then be submitted to DTU Food through a web-based database (password-protected). Immediately upon receiving the results, an evaluation report will be generated for you.
Full anonymity is ensured; only DTU Food and the WHO GFN Regional Centre in your region will be given access to your results. When the results of each cycle of the EQAS have been evaluated, a final summary report is prepared and distributed to all participating laboratories.
Various aspects of the proficiency test scheme may from time to time be subcontracted. When subcontracting occurs it is placed with a competent subcontractor and the National Food Institute is responsible to the scheme participants for the subcontractor's work.