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Learn more about the schemes which UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics provide to help improve the quality of your laboratory’s service.



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News & Events

Press Release - NIPT

Read the press release "New NIPT Reporting Guidelines, Pilot Quality Scheme Aim to Set Standards for Expanding Field" - Julia Karow, genomeweb, New York, Jun 06, 2017 now -

Open access paper publication - RAS screening in colorectal cancer

View the open access paper "RAS screening in colorectal cancer: a comprehensive analysis of the results from the UK NEQAS colorectal cancer external quality assurance schemes (2009–2016)" now -

Participants' Meeting 2017

We are delighted to give advanced notice of a Participants’ meeting entitled 'Measuring the quality of non-invasive testing' which is being jointly organised by the UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics, CEQAS and EMQN.The meeting will be held on Monday 29th May 2017, time 11:00h to 13:00h at the ESHG conference in Copenhagen, Denmark – PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE in your diary. An agenda can be downloaded - ESHG 2017 Participants' Meeting Agenda v2.pdf.

Welcome to UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics

The United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Services (UK NEQAS) for Molecular Genetics provides external quality assessment for a range of inherited diseases  and acquired disorders currently tested in diagnostic molecular laboratories. 

UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics gives objective information and advice to clinical laboratories throughout laboratory molecular medicine on the quality of their analytical and interpretative performance, in order to help them provide accurate and reliable test results and advice to clinicians, which facilitates optimal patient care. Advances in our understanding of genetic diseases has led to a revolution in testing technologies. UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics is committed to providing external quality assessment in this rapidly evolving field.

The Scheme was granted unconditional accreditation by Clinical Pathology Accreditation in January 2001 until March 2016. The Scheme has been granted UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredititaion to ISO 17043 in March, 2016 and the scope can be accessed at


In addition to external quality assessment (EQA) for Molecular Genetics and Molecular Pathology, the Edinburgh centre also provides EQA for Peptide hormones, Tumour markers, Pregnancy testing and Maternal serum screening see

NHS Lothian operating UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics.  UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics is a member of the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS), which is a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 3012351) and a Registered UK Charity (No. 1044013). For more information on the UK NEQAS organisation see

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