Original ArticlesIntegrating Competence Assessment, Internal Quality Control, and External Quality Assurance in a Large Point-of-Care Testing NetworkMartin, Cameron BAppSc∗; StJohn, Andrew PhD†; Badrick, Tony PhD‡Author Information From the ∗Pathology Queensland, Brisbane †ARC Consulting, Mt Lawley, Western Australia ‡RCPAQAP, St Leonards, Sydney, Australia. Reprints: Tony Badrick, PhD, RCPAQAP, 8 Herbert St, St Leonards, Sydney, NSW 2065, Australia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors declare no conflict of interest. There were no sources of support for this publication. No funding was received from any of the following sources: National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and others. Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: March 2020 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 1-3 doi: 10.1097/POC.0000000000000199 Buy Metrics Abstract Point-of-care testing is widespread and requires a different form of quality control and quality assurance model to conventional laboratory testing because the types of error that occur are different. In many situations, the point-of-care instruments and operators are part of a broader organizational network. We have developed a different model for the provision of a quality framework for these situations. The quality of the instrument cartridges is checked centrally, and the quality assurance is wider in concept assessing the operator competence and instrument operation. Centralizing some of the quality control reduces errors and allows for greater confidence in the results. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.