External Quality Assurance Schemes
IMPORTANT: Due to the disruption many labs are experiencing due to Covid-19, any March, April and May 2020 submission deadlines for the ERNDIM EQA schemes have been delayed until June 2020. Please see the News & Events page and the EQA Submission Calendar for further details.
We will be expanding and updating the information available on our External Quality Assurance Schemes soon. In the meantime if you have any questions or would like to subscribe to one of the ERNDIM EQA schemes please contact us
REGISTRATION FOR ERNDIM 2020 EQA SCHEMES HAS NOW CLOSED. THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR SOME SCHEMES AND LATE REGISTRATION MAY BE POSSIBLE IN THESE INSTANCES - PLEASE CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
If you are an existing ERNDIM EQA participant you will be sent details of how to register for the 2020 EQA schemes when registration opens. To register for the 2020 EQA schemes you will need to log into the ERNDIM Registration Website using the username and password which you will be sent by email. You will need to check all the information which is held on the ERNDIM Registration Website for your laboratory, update it where necessary and select the EQA schemes that you wish to participate in during 2020. If you have any problems accessing the ERNDIM Registration Website please contact us.
If you don't already subscribe to an ERNDIM EQA Scheme and would like to participate during 2020 please contact us and we'll help you to set up an account on our Registration Website.
The ERNDIM EQA Scheme Catalogue gives information on all of the ERNDIM EQA schemes and also the prices of each scheme in Euro, GB pounds and US dollars. The 2020 catalogue can be downloaded from this page - see link on right.
Brief information on the EQA schemes offered by ERNDIM in 2020 is also below.
- Acylcarnitines in serum
- Cystine in white blood cells
- Lysosomal enzymes in fibroblasts
- Neurotransmitters in CSF
- Pterins in urine
- Purines and pyrimidines in urine
- Quantitative Amino Acids in serum
- Quantitative Organic Acids in urine
- Special Assays in DBS
- Special Assays in serum
- Special Assays in urine
Quantitative schemes are planned and managed by members of the ERNDIM Scientific Advisory Board and organised in partnership with SKML, a Quality Assurance provider based in the Netherlands.
SKML dispatches EQA samples to scheme participants and provides a website for on-line submission of results and access to scheme reports by participants.
Existing quantitative scheme participants can log on to the results submission website here.
- Acylcarnitines in dried blood spots (3 centres)
- Congenital disorders of glycosylation in plasma/serum
- Diagnostic proficiency testing in urine (5 centres)
- Qualitative organic acids in urine (3 centres)
- Urine mucopolysaccharides
Qualitative schemes are planned and managed by members of the ERNDIM Scientific Advisory Board and organised in partnership with CSCQ, a Quality Assurance provider based in Switzerland.
CSCQ dispatches the Acylcarnitines in DBS, DPT and Qualitative Organic Acids EQA samples to the scheme participants. CDG and Urine MPS samples are dispatched by SKML. CSCQ also provides a website for on-line submission of results and access to scheme reports for the Acylcarnitines in DBS, CDG, DPT and Qualitative Organic Acids and Urine MPS samples.
Existing qualitative scheme participants can log on to the CSCQ results submission website here.
Pilot schemes are planned, managed and organised by individuals with expertise in the relevant area. The schemes are monitored by the ERNDIM Scientific Advisory Board for a minimum period of 2 years. If after this time the Scientific Advisory Board is satisfied that the scheme is successful it will recommend that the Executive Committee adopts the scheme as an official ERNDIM EQA Scheme.
In 2020 we will be running 1 pilot scheme:
- Cognitive Amino Acids
Participation in pilot schemes is limited but if you would like to be contacted if it is possible for us to widen participation in these schemes please contact us.
We would also like to hear about suggestions for new schemes that we might consider in the future. If you would like to comment please contact us.