Overview

The PPTC Regional External Quality Assessment [REQA] Programme commenced in 1985 as an evaluation process of students attending residential courses. This was enhanced when the PPTC was conferred Collaborating Centre status by WHO, and further expanded with the introduction of a regular HIV/STI testing component.

Pacific laboratories differ considerably in the levels of instrumentation, equipment, methodology and expertise available to them and thus the evaluations of the responses received from them must recognise these different levels of technology.

The major purpose of this programme is to actively help and suggest ways in which a laboratory can improve the quality of its service to the patient. The Centre’s staff have visited the majority of laboratories presently enrolled in the programme and funding is received from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade [MFAT, NZ Aid Programme) to allow these visits to continue on at least a five year cycle.

In 2016 there are 70 laboratories from 20 countries participating in all or part of the programme and  these include:

        21       National Laboratories   (Pacific Island Countries)

6       Divisional Laboratories (Pacific Island Countries)

3       Laos PDR Laboratories

        31      Cambodia Laboratories

1       Timor Leste  Laboratory

3      Bhutan Laboratory

5       Private Laboratories (Fiji)

Laboratories are given five weeks to process the survey and return their results to the Centre. A final reply also details the laboratory score for the exercise, their accumulated score for the previous dispatch in that discipline, and the average score for all participating laboratories.

Each laboratory is identified by a unique code number, with the generated results kept confidential to that laboratory, the PPTC, the WHO Regional Adviser of Health Laboratories at the Regional Office in Manila, and the relevant department at the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington.

2016 Dispatch Dates:

Part of the 2016/1 surveys has been completed. The participation rates for the all the participants are as follows:

Haematology 2016/1:  Participation Rate:  25/33 responses received – 76%

Blood Bank 2016/1:  Participation Rate: 32/36 responses received – 89%

Biochemistry 2016/1: Participation Rate:  26/31 responses received – 84%

Microbiology 2016/1: Participation Rate: TBA

Serology 2016/1: Participation Rate: TBA

Cycle 2 is now in progress with the following dispatch and due dates.

DATE of DISPATCH
EQA PROGRAMME
DUE DATE
CYCLE 1

30/03/2016

BIOCHEMISTRY 2016-1

Samples 2016/1-01; 2016/1 -02; AC2016/1-01 and AC2016/1-02

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Samples 2016/1-03; 2016/1 -04 and AC2016/1-03

Wednesday 1 June 2016

30/03/2016

HAEMATOLOGY 2016-1

Wednesday 4 May 2016

30/03/2016

BLOOD BANK 2016-1

Wednesday 4 May 2016

27/04/2016

MICROBIOLOGY 2016-1

Wednesday 1 June 2016

27/04/2016

SEROLOGY 2016-1

Wednesday 1 June 2016

CYCLE 2

15/06/2016

HAEMATOLOGY 2016-2

Wednesday 20 July 2016

15/06/2016

BLOOD BANK 2016-2

Wednesday 20 July 2016

06/07/2016

MICROBIOLOGY 2016-2

Wednesday 10 August 2016

06/07/2016

SEROLOGY 2016-2

Wednesday 10 August 2016

13/07/2016

BIOCHEMISTRY 2016-2

Samples 2016/2-01; 2016/2-02;  AC2016/2-01 and AC2016/2-02

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Samples 2016/2-03; 2016/2-04 and AC2016/2-03

Wednesday 14 September 2016

CYCLE 3

*The dates stipulated below may change

28/09/2016

MICROBIOLOGY 2016-3

Wednesday 2 November 2016

28/09/2016

SEROLOGY 2016-3

Wednesday 2 November 2016

05/10/2016

HAEMATOLOGY 2016-3

Wednesday 9 November 2016

05/10/2016

BLOOD BANK 2016-3

Wednesday 9 November 2016

For further information contact: Navin Karan, Programme Manager, PPTC, PO Box 7013 Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 64 4 389 6294 Fax: 64 4 389 6295 Email: pptc@pptc.org.nz