Offer to join Genomic Proficiency testing
SeqAfrica offers laboratories in Africa the opportunity to join annual genomic proficiency tests provided by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
Why participate in the DTU Genomic Proficiency test?
The proficiency test (PT) allows participating laboratories the opportunity to evaluate the reliability and quality of their laboratory's results in DNA preparation, sequencing and analysis.
What is the DTU Genomic PT?
This inter-laboratory performance test is provided to facilitate harmonisation and standardisation in whole genome sequencing and data analysis, with the aim of producing comparable data for monitoring and research purposes.
The PT consists of two parts to include assessing (1a) the laboratory's DNA preparation and sequencing procedures and (1b) the laboratory's sequencing output.
The proficiency tests focuses on several bacterial species that might vary from year to year. Participants have the option to sign up for all species relevant to their laboratory.
Cost for participation
For laboratories participating in the Fleming Fund project, SeqAfrica, there is no participation fee for the Genomic Proficiency test as SeqAfrica will cover the cost of participation and shipping of bacterial isolates to the participating lab. Participating laboratories are, however, expected to cover all expenses related to the handling and sequencing of the test strains and DNA in provided in the proficiency test.
How to participate?
Registration for the next DTU genomic PT will be possible through a sign-up link which will be provided in the fall of 2024.
If you have questions or comments related to the DTU Genomic PT, please contact the DTU Genomic PT Coordinator Susanne Karlsmose Pedersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc the SeqAfrica Management Team (email@example.com).
Previous DTU Genomic PTs
More information and protocols from previous DTU genomic PTs are available through the links below.