QuIP is accredited under the registration number D-EP-21450-01-00 by the German Accreditation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH - DAkkS) for proficiency tests in the fields of pathology/neuropathology (molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry) using the proficiency testing materials FFPE tissue, genomic DNA and cfDNA.
The DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043 regulates the ‘General requirements for the competence of proficiency testing providers’. If a provider such as QuIP is accredited according to this standard, it has proven that its proficiency tests are carried out according to strict requirements. For accreditation, QuIP must meet requirements for its personnel, facilities, the material of the proficiency tests themselves and the way they are conducted.
The accreditation is certified by the DAkkS with an accreditation certificate (German language).
Conducting recurring proficiency tests by QuIP is accredited by the German Accreditation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH - DAkkS) according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043. The QuIP thus consolidates the high level of confidence in its work and in the quality of the proficiency tests it conducts for German pathology. For the approximately 2.500 participants each year, this important step means more standardization and the resulting improved competitiveness on the market.
Pathology institutions accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 (‘inspection bodies’) must take their proficiency tests (EQAS) at accredited providers, if these exist. In general, the QuIP proficiency tests have been an important part of the internal quality assurance (EQA) measures for all participating institutes for years. This allows them to identify and correct problems, compare themselves with other institutes and institutions (benchmarking), improve their own skills afterwards, and gain additional trust from their partners. The accreditation of QuIP gives quality assurance in pathology in Germany significantly more weight than before. The accreditation certificate for QuIP confirms compliance with the standard requirements (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043) for the areas of pathology/neuropathology (molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry) using the EQA materials FFPE tissue, genomic DNA and cfDNA.