With the ongoing introduction of ISO15189, in 2017 Atom Scientific made the decision to undertake a full quality review of all of our Special Stain Kits to ensure we were able to offer our customers pre-validated products to facilitate their ISO15189 compliance.
Since 2018, we have participated in the UK NEQAS CPT (Cellular Pathology Technique) scheme as an independent validation of our in-house lab testing results.
A bit about UK NEQAS CPT...
UK NEQAS CPT delivers a standardised UKAS accredited programme, providing participants with a proficiency testing method for evaluating laboratory practice to guide and ensure best practice and gold standard results.
Using validated material of consistent quality for a range of challenges, participants can demonstrate their quality and performance to maintain high standards of laboratory practice.
As part of each UK NEQAS CPT assessment, run scores are audited to provide an in-depth feedback to aid in continual improvements within organisations, provide expert help identifying problems and provide access to troubleshooting expertise.
Scores range from 0-10 and are based on a number of criteria.
UK NEQAS CPT describes a score of 9/10 to show excellent appropriate demonstration of the expected staining results, and a high level of quality.
Atom Scientific are proud to publish the scores their kits have achieved:
|Stain Kit||Score||Result Date|
|Masson Trichrome*||10||Jan 19|
|Masson Fontana||10||May 18|
|Luxol Fast Blue*||10||2017|
|Orcein for CAP||9||Nov 18|
|Alcian Blue||9||May 19|
|Congo Red (Highman)||9||Jul 18|
|Orcein for HbSag||9||May 19|
|EVG (Miller)||9||Nov 18|
|Gram (Neutral Red)||9||Jul 19|
|Haematoxylin Van Gieson||9||Jul 19|
*The scores for Masson Trichrome and Luxol Fast Blue have been achieved from external labs