PROFICIENCY TESTING SCHEMES
The NICD is committed to providing Proficiency Testing Schemes (PTS). These are a form of External Quality Assessments (EQA) where participating laboratories are sent samples (referred to as ‘Challenges’) with undisclosed results for analysis and identification.
The results of analysis and identification participants are assessed against the intended response which may be verified by referee laboratories.
This feedback on their individual performance is supplied to each participant along with the overall participant performance for the specific challenge. EQA is a key element for a laboratory’s Quality Management System (QMS) and is compulsory for all laboratories who seek accreditation.