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BIOSPECIMEN PROFICIENCY TESTING

Endorsed by ISBER, IBBL’s Biospecimen Proficiency Testing programme is an external quality assessment tool to verify the precision and accuracy of your biospecimen testing methods, and the efficiency of your processing methods.

Key dates to keep in mind:

  • May 20 - Registration opens online
  • August 24 - Registration closes
  • September - Standardized samples will be shipped to your location
  • November - Data submission deadline
  • February - Your report(s) will be sent electronically

Click here to register!

Why participate?

  • Compare your performance to others
    The principle of performance benchmarking applied in our PT programme means that your results will be compared to those of other laboratories, from different sectors all over the world.
  • Comply with certification & accreditation requirements
    Proficiency testing offers organisations that are seeking compliance with ISO 17025, ISO 15189, CLIA, CAP or equivalent, the opportunity to fulfil the respective normative requirements.
  • Improve performance & prove consistency
    The assessment of your laboratory’s proficiency allows you to monitor and improve performance by identifying potential problems and providing additional motivation. Regular participation in our PT programme will also prove consistency of performance over time.
  • Gain credibility & visibility
    By participating in our PT programme you can assure customers, collaborators, funding agencies and regulatory bodies of the validity of your results. This can help build your reputation for high quality laboratory methods and gain international visibility.

How does it work?

In the end, each participant receives:

  • a performance report
  • a certificate of participation
  • a label of participation

Proficiency Testing Schemes

The 2018 PT programme includes 21 testing and processing schemes. You can decide to participate in one or more schemes for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive years.

Processing schemes
DNA Extraction from Whole Blood   
DNA Extraction from FFPE Material
DNA Extraction from Frozen Tissue
Microbial DNA Extraction from Saliva
Microbial DNA Extraction from Stool
Cell Free DNA Extraction from Whole Blood
RNA Extraction from Whole Blood   
RNA Extraction from FFPE Material
Total RNA Extraction from Frozen Tissue
CSF Aliquoting
Viable PBMC Isolation
Cell Free RNA (cfRNA) Extraction from Plasma – NEW!
Protein Extraction from FFPE Material – NEW!
Protein Extraction from Frozen Tissue – NEW!

Testing schemes
DNA Quantification and Purity
RNA Quantification and Purity
RNA Integrity
Cell Viability
CD40 Ligand Quantification in Serum
Tissue Histology
DNA integrity – NEW! 

Pricing

Discount available if you register for the same scheme for 2 or 3 consecutive year (see chart below for details)! Please note these prices have applied the 20% discount for ISBER members.
The table below summarises the fees ** (in EUR) for the 2018-20 PT programme:

Category

Schemes

Code

2018

2019

2020

1

DNA Quantification and Purity*

DNAQ18R1

€319

€295

€271

RNA Integrity*

RNAI18R1

RNA Quantification and Purity*

RNAQ18R1

Cell Viability*

CELL18R1

CD40L Quantification in Serum

CD4018R1

DNA Integrity

DNAIT18R1

2

Tissue Histology

THIS18R1

€239

€221

€203

 

CSF Aliquoting

CSAL18

 

 

 

3

DNA Extraction from Whole Blood

DNABLD18

€159

€147

€135

DNA Extraction from FFPE Material

DNAFFC18

RNAExtraction from Whole Blood

RNABLD18

RNAExtraction from FFPE Material

RNAFFC18

Microbial DNA Extraction from Saliva

DNASAL18

Microbial DNA Extraction from Stool

DNASTL18

Cell Free DNA (cfDNA) Extraction from Whole Blood

cfDNA18

DNA Extraction from Frozen Tissue

DNAFRT18

Total RNA Extraction from Frozen Tissue

RNAFRT18

Viable PBMC Isolation***

PBMC18R1

Cell Free RNA (cfRNA) Extraction from Plasma

cfRNA18

Protein Extraction from FFPE Material

PRTFFC18

Protein Extraction from Frozen Tissue

PRTFRT18


For more information:

 

 

 

PT Advisory Group Roster:

  • Fay Betsou, Luxembourg
  • Domenico Coppola, USA
  • Yvonne De Souza, USA
  • Annemieke De Wilde, Belgium
  • William Grizzle, USA
  • Elaine Gunter, USA
  • Iren Koppandi, USA
  • Katheryn Shea, USA
  • Mark Sobel, USA
  • Gunnel Tybring, Sweden
  • Gert Vanden Eyden, Belgium
  • Michaël Speicher, Austria
  • Rongxin Gan, China

 

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