Information on the EQA test Lab-focused QA: prenatal diagnostics / amniotic fluid
The aim of the EQA tests "Laboratory-focused quality assurance" (chromosome analyses of lymphocytes from peripheral blood, amniotic fluid and chorionic villi long-term culture) is a retrospective consideration of the chromosome quality in the karyograms which were used for the appraisal by the laboratories participating in the external quality assessment.
Once per year.
In conjunction with the invitation to the EQA tests "Laboratory-focused quality assurance", images of two karyograms and the associated metaphases of a case processed in the laboratory from three different months in each case are requested in accordance with the specification by the EQA supervisors. The participants upload these image documents in an anonymous form within the member area of www.bvdh-ringversuche.de.
Through visual inspection, each karyogram and each metaphase will be evaluated with regard to the number of overlay points, brightness levels and the resolution of the chromosome banding quality.
The following parameters are to be evaluated: brightness levels of the chromosomes, the number of overlay points in the metaphase as well as the resolution of the chromosomes (banding quality). The various resolution levels of the chromosomes are specified in "An International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature (ISCN)". The pass criteria for chromosome analysis from the individual tissues are defined in the current version of the "Guidelines of the German Federal Medical Council on Quality Assurance in Medical Laboratory Examinations (RiLiBÄK)".
Using the three parameters mentioned above, it is possible to assess the quality of chromosome diagnostics in individual laboratories.
Two different certificates can be issued (valid for two years):
Certificate of successful participation and confirmation of compliance with the RiLiBÄK criteria. The certificate is valid for two years.
If the RiLiBÄK criteria are not complied with, participation in the EQA test is confirmed.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Vol. 111, Issue 38, 19 September 2014, A 1583
An International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature (ISCN)
EQA test supervisor
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kunz Labor Dr. Fenner und Kollegen Bergstraße 14 20095 Hamburg
Dr. rer. nat. Eva Daumiller genetikum Stuttgart Lautenschlagerstr. 23 70173 Stuttgart
If you would like to contact the EQA test supervisor(s), please call or e-mail the Coordination Office QA of BVDH:
Phone: +49 2403 83 80 54
EQA test "Laboratory-Focused QA" - Criteria Banding Quality