Audit Success for Cirdan

Cirdan has successfully passed its recent surveillance audit for the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP), ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015. Due to the ongoing pandemic this audit was held remotely with our Notified Body, BSI, which presented a new challenge for the team.

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The Benefits of Introducing SMART Automation

Sakura® Finetek undertook a short study into the workflow changes that a pathology laboratory underwent, to examine the differences between working both with and without
SMART Automation.

The Institute of Pathology at Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln was chosen for this study as it is the main location to the Vivantes Hospital Group. It handles their most complex cases and also serves the immunohistochemistry (IHC) and molecular pathology processes. The pathology department invested in high throughput instrumentation to facilitate the workload from the hospital groups. The four satellite
laboratories feed samples to the main location for further processing.

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EQAs to Laboratories when Diagnosing, Treating and Monitoring Covid-19

The 4 new pilot programmes have been developed by our teams of expert scientists and the number of distributions we send to participating laboratories reflects the urgency of the testing required.

In addition to the 4 new pilot programmes, UK NEQAS also offer a variety of accredited EQAs, which provide support to laboratories who are diagnosing, treating and monitoring Covid-19.

Contact UK NEQAS for more information: centraloffice@ukneqas.org

Link to article on UK NEQAS website
https://ukneqas.org.uk/news/covid-19-coronavirus-external-quality-assessment/

The Access Procalcitonin Study

The Access Procalcitonin (PCT) shows consistency of result interpretation compared to other commercially available testing methods

A peer‐reviewed study shows the Access PCT assay has strong correlation and method concordance compared to established procalcitonin tests.