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Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Point-of-Care Testing

Thomas, Mary Annette MPhil, CBiol, CSci, MIBiol

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: December 2008 - Volume 7 - Issue 4 - p 227-232
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e3181885e8f
Original Articles

Key to the success of any service is the quality management system and the international standard ISO 22870 "Point-of-care testing (POCT)-requirements for quality and competence" represents the gold standard for any organization wishing to undertake a POCT service. A POCT service should be organizational led but managed by the laboratory. There should be agreed governance, with adequate resource provision and infrastructure to manage and provide the service. Appropriate training should be available for both trainer and end user. Full connectivity offers a solution to improving information access, facilitating decision making, facilitating a safe quality culture, and ease of compliance with the ISO standards.

From the WEQAS Quality Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Llanishen, Cardiff, UK.

Reprints: M.A. Thomas, MPhil, CBiol, CSci, MIBiol, FIBMS, WEQAS Quality Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Quadrant Centre, Cardiff Business Park, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5WF, UK (e-mail: weqasannette@btconnect.com).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.