Far beyond the legislative obligation, Proficiency Testing is essential in the process of continuous improvement of the laboratory
Looking for a new path in the day-to-day improvement decisions within the laboratory is considered a fundamental strategy for growth, recognition and excellence in laboratory analysis.
In this sense, one of the main tools that leverage the strategies, is the participation in Proficiency Testing Programs (EP), also known as External Quality Control. The main characteristic of the Program is to indicate the analytical accuracy of the laboratory. The tool is efficient for evaluating the technical quality and to guarantee the reliability of the results.
Moreover, the Program guarantees market comparison and the identification of trends that are not perceived otherwise. The Proficiency Testing is responsible for taking important information to the routine of laboratories, such as: identifying failures and enabling corrective or preventive actions to be taken.
The laboratory that joins the participation in a proficiency program finds in the solution the continuous improvement of its process, and not only the fulfillment of a legal requirement. This is because the EP is a regular external evaluation, which compares the performance of the participant with laboratories of similar systems, providing information about the performance of the analytical methods.
Furthermore, it allows obtaining guidance on problems and pointing to analytical solutions, provided that the laboratory has the ability to interpret and use the data provided by the provider.
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It is a fact that the laboratories will occasionally present unsatisfactory results, due to the variation that is characteristic of the analysis process. However, the demand for EP occurs precisely so that variations are minimized, keeping them under control so as not to impact the results of the routine.
To ensure a better use of the benefits that the EP can provide, it is important that the results are analyzed and that the laboratory seeks to identify the causes of the observed deviations. Discarding the possibility of “coarse” errors (incorrect transcription of results, inadequate selection of the analytical system or failure to follow the procedure), it is important to check the steps of the process that may be related to the failures observed in the EP.
Laboratories that analyze their reports, observing trends and improvements, have a notable evolution in the analytical routine, obtaining quality services and providing security to citizens. Consequently, these laboratories remain competitive and sustainable.
By adopting this practice in its routine, the laboratory already fulfills the necessary requirement for laboratory accreditation processes (ISO 15189, ISO 17025, PALC-SBPC/ML, DICQ-SBAC, etc.) and regulatory bodies.
Proficiency Testing is essential in the process of continuous improvement of the laboratory
Count on Controllab!
Controllab is a provider of Proficiency Testing and other quality tools, in several segments: clinical, blood bank, veterinary, microbiology and physical-chemical tests for medicines, food, sanitizers, water and effluents, fuels and others, among services that they serve from hospitals to industries. It has the exclusive support of important scientific societies and the recognition of the main standards related to its performance: ISO 9001, 17025, 17034 and 17043.
These competencies promote solutions that help customers to provide accurate, undeniable services that stand out in the national and international markets.
Check out some benefits of participating in the Controllab’s Proficiency Testing:
Scope: more than 3,500 tests are available in multiple areas for quality control. This diversity of tests aims to supply the demands of the laboratories and the growing technological innovation of the segments, attending the processes of laboratory accreditations and the regulatory bodies.
Rounds: are continuous, with regular intervals, annual targets and multiple items in varying concentrations (sending samples that simulate routine tests).
Reports: Individual with the performance of the round and graphs of the Deviation Index and Z Index; global market with technical and marketing information and continuous performance throughout the period.
Management: management center with summary of analytical performance and indicators to achieve the goals of excellence in analysis. It allows you to check overall performance over time and identify which analyzes need immediate action.
Controllab’s Proficiency Testing simplifies audit processes and contributes to management evolution, as it has a system that maintains the history and the tracking of performance on the results. In addition to providing a list of possible causes of non-compliant results and centralizing the information in the same environment.
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