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Schemes and Performance Evaluation Criteria of Korean Association of External Quality Assessment (KEQAS) for Improving Laboratory Testing

Annals of Laboratory Medicine 2021년 41권 2호 p.230 ~ 239
김솔잎, 이경훈, 박형두, 이용화, 전사일, 민원기,
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김솔잎 ( Kim Sol-Lip ) - Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine
이경훈 ( Lee Kyung-Hoon ) - Seoul National University Bundang Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine
박형두 ( Park Hyung-Doo ) - Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine Samsung Medical Center Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics
이용화 ( Lee Yong-Wha ) - Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine Soonchunhyang Bucheon Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine
전사일 ( Chun Sa-Il ) - University of Ulsan College of Medicine Asan Medical Center Department of Laboratory Medicine
민원기 ( Min Won-Ki ) - University of Ulsan College of Medicine Asan Medical Center Department of Laboratory Medicine

Abstract


External quality assessment (EQA) is important for evaluating clinical laboratories and enhancing their testing quality. EQA schemes are variable; thus, it is crucial that the EQA organizers share their experiences to continuously improve the EQA scheme. The Korean Association of External Quality Assessment Service (KEQAS) has been the leading, authorized EQA institute for the standardization and quality management of laboratory testing in Korean medical institutions since 1976. The EQA scheme underwent a major change in 2016, and the number of EQA programs increased significantly since then. The key changes implemented in EQA scheme include a fully computerized assessment to accelerate feedback and unification of the testing and reporting methods. We provide an overview of the EQA schemes and performance evaluation criteria of the KEQAS and suggest directions for achieving the global harmonization of EQA.

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Korean Association of External Quality Assessment Service (KEQAS); Performance; Evaluation; Laboratory testing; Schemes; Quality; Harmonization

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