In order to standardise and co-ordinate the fight against animal diseases in Belgium, laboratories taking part in official programs for animal disease control should meet high quality standards. In Belgium, Sciensano is responsible for the practical organisation of the External Quality Assessment of laboratories taking part in official programs for animal disease control.
This External Quality Assessment (EQA) is mainly informative and is designed to evaluate the quality and homogeneity of laboratory results. Therefore, the participating laboratories receive a set of samples from Sciensano for analysis in their laboratory. That way, the EQA allows a participating laboratory to assess their performance in comparison to its peers or to accuracy based reference systems. EQA never replaces the internal Quality Assessment and Management System of the laboratory.
Sciensano is accredited to organise these proficiency tests.
Katia Knapen for more information.