CAP has released a set of instructions for inspectors on how to assess laboratory IQCPs. I will be honest: it's mostly toothless.
CLIA Final Rule
It's 2016 and IQCPs are the law of the (US) land. So what can you make with 1 spreadsheet, 7 worksheets, 37 rows, 42 columns, and 104 completed cells? An IQCP built for a C. Difficile method.
Pardon our political incorrectness: at the 2015 AACC/ASCLS conference, there were about as many different presentations on IQCP as there are GOP presidential candidates. With about the same amount of agreement. As US labs near the IQCP deadline, confusion is mounting, not coherence. If this isn't worrying you, you're not paying attention.
The official guide to developing IQCPs is finally out! What does it tell us about laboratory implementation of Risk Management for Quality Control? Do we even need the EP[tm] 23A guideline anymore?
While the 2015 IQCP survey was mainly targeted at US laboratories, since that's where the regulation has been developed and will have the power of law, a significant number of respondents were from outside the US. Their responses and views are an interesting contrast to those of laboratories inside the US. What would you guess, that labs within the US or outside the US are more prepared to implement IQCP? The answer may surprise you...