Quality assurance in pathology and laboratory medicine is the practice of assessing performance in all steps of the laboratory testing cycle including pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases to promote excellent outcomes in medical care.
Quality control is an integral component of quality assurance and is the aggregate of processes and techniques to detect, reduce, and correct deficiencies in an analytical process.
Quality improvement is the practice of continuously assessing and adjusting performance using statistically and scientifically accepted procedures.
– College of American Pathologists
Quality Control processes are necessary in all phases of testing such as the pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic phases.
– Courtesy http://wwwn.cdc.gov/mpep/labquality.aspx
There are established quality control processes for Haematology and Biochemistry at our laboratory.
We run regular internal controls and are enrolled in a external quality control programme with RIQAS.
All control values are analyzed and interpreted and corrective action is taken as necessary.