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Eur J Clin Chem Clin Biochem. 1997 Feb;35(2):121-2.

Essential criteria for quality systems in medical laboratories.

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Nederlandse Vereniging voor Klinische Chemie (NVKC), Department of Clinical Chemistry, St. Anna Hospital, Geldrop, The Netherlands.


The introduction of total quality systems in medical and clinical laboratories and accreditation of these laboratories is gaining more and more interest. In several countries laboratories have set up quality systems, and accrediation schemes are also operating. The standards of these schemes have much in common although several differences exist. There exists uncertainty in several countries on the choice of a system. Laboratory specialists are confronted with a new way of thinking concerning the management and daily practice of their laboratories. It is not clear, which standards should be used as a basis, and certainly not how to interpret such standards. Particulary in the European Union, harmonisation of criteria for quality systems is desirable. In the present paper, the document entitled "Essential Criteria for Quality Systems in Medical Laboratories" is presented. The document has been accepted in the general Assembly of the European Communities Confederation of Clinical Chemistry (EC4) and by the working group on Good Laboratory Services of the European Council on Laboratory Medicine (ECLM). The criteria in the document are focussed on the particular situation of medical laboratories, including pre- and post-analytical aspects. Reference is made, where applicable, to EN 45001, ISO 9001 and ISO guide 25 draft 3.

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