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Participant Manual

Poor Performance

The central purpose of external quality assurance is to ensure that laboratories are delivering a service of the highest possible quality. The UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics Scheme maintains the principle of assessment by professional consensus and attempts to improve standards by education and peer group review rather than by censure or penalty. Performance criteria are necessary to allow an individual laboratory's performance to be measured against national/international standards and to identify any laboratory, which is failing to meet these criteria. Participants who fall below the standards detailed in the following documents are deemed to be performing poorly.

The criteria for poor performance and persistent poor performance are approved by the UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics Steering Committee (and appropriate Specialist Advisory Groups) and ratified by the UK National Quality Assessment Advisory Panel (NQAAP) for Genetics. Performance scores and relevant raw data may be shared with the relevant Advisory Panel under defined circumstances.

Full details are published in the following Poor Performance Criteria documents.

Performance criteria for UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics core molecular disease schemes - UKNEQAS-S-059 Molecular Genetics performance monitoring.pdf

Performance criteria for UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics blood spot schemes - UKNEQAS-S-060 Molecular blood spot performance monitoring.pdf

Performance criteria for UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics molecular rapid aneuploidy scheme -UKNEQAS-S-062 Molecular Rapid Aneuploidy Performance Monitoring.pdf

Performance criteria for UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics preimplantation genetic diagnosis schemes - UKNEQAS-S-063 Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis performance monitoring.pdf and UKNEQAS-S-101 Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) array_NGS Performance Monitoring.pdf

Performance criteria for UK NEQAS for Molecular Pathology schemes - UKNEQAS-S-061 Molecular Pathology performance monitoring.pdf and UKNEQAS-S-100 Sarcoma perfromance monitoring.pdf

Please note that if the the Scheme issues/publishes any statements regarding general performance in the assessments then every effort shall be taken to ensure this data is not mis-interpreted or mis-used.