In January, we were fortunate to have a guest essay by one of the organizers of the EQA monitoring program, Empower IVD * Globe. More recently, an editorial in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine has endorsed this approach. As the Empower IVD project produces more studies and more significant findings, we add our strong encouragement.
Quality Requirements and Standards
As part of the Westgard QC global survey of analytical quality goals, we provided an opportunity for all respondents to make open comments. See the words beyond the survey answers.
In December 2014 and January 2015, we asked laboratory professionals around the world to share their views on analytical goals. Here are the results.
The current (2014) discussion on Quality Goals seems a lot like the debate as it stood nearly 40 years ago. To see why current Quality Goal thinking may only be a "revolution" in the most literal sense, read this flashback to the 1970's
While Americans were gorging themselves on turkey, assiduously avoiding talking politics with their relatives, slipping into tryptophan-induced unconsciousness in front of the television, an elite group of metrologists, biochemical scientists, and leaders of the quality field were gathering in Milan to discuss a far-ranging series of topics. Oh, and they were also deciding the fate of the laboratory world and how and what analytical quality specifications will be allowed in the future.