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One area of the medical sector that represents an important issue with respect to 1992 is the field of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) analysis. Undoubtedly the determinations carried out for analysis of a sample of blood (or urine, or any tissue) must be reliable, to meet the needs of the clinician. External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS) have been established at national or regional level to help improve or maintain the quality of the results in those laboratories performing IVD analyses. These EQAS are run successfully and, for a large number of analytes, they reduce both between and within laboratory variations. It was the purpose of an inquiry organised by the Community Bureau of Reference of the CEC in Summer 1989, to study different aspects of the organisation of the currently existing EQAS in the Member States. The inquiry was restricted to the analyses performed for hormone determinations.

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Authors: COLINET E, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Nuclear Medicine and Biology, Vol. 17 (1990) No. 7, pp. 681-685
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