External quality assessment for tuberculosis diagnosis and drug resistance in the European Union: A five year multicentre implementation study

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (non vérifié)

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BACKGROUND: External quality assurance (EQA) systems are essential to ensure accurate diagnosis of TB and drug-resistant TB. The implementation of EQA through organising regular EQA rounds and identification of training needs is one of the key activities of the European TB reference laboratory network (ERLTB-Net). The aim of this study was to analyse the results of the EQA rounds in a systematic manner and to identify potential benefits as well as common problems encountered by the participants. METHODS: The ERLTB-Net developed seven EQA modules to test laboratories’ proficiency for TB dete…

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