New INSTAND External Quality Assessment (EQA) Schemes for Virus Genome Detection - March 2020

Deadline for registration: 24 January 2020

 

Dear colleagues,

  

In its capacity as reference institution of the German Medical Association as EQA provider, INSTAND e.V. starts to perform the following EQA schemes in March 2020 (once and twice a year, respectively).

 

Program

Specification of samples

 

Group 405

 

Virus Genome Detection

 

Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)

Qualitative genome detection of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)

 

·     frequency of the EQA scheme: twice yearly (March and September)

 

·     2 sets of samples; 1 set =  4 samples à 1.1 ml,
lyophilised cell culture lysates

 

Group 406

 

Virus Genome Detection

 

Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)

Qualitative genome detection of human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)

 

·     frequency of the EQA scheme: once yearly (March)

 

·     2 sets of samples; 1 set =  4 samples à 1.1 ml,
lyophilised cell culture lysates

 

Group 407

 

Virus Genome Detection

 

Parechovirus

Qualitative genome detection of parechovirus

 

·     frequency of the EQA scheme: twice yearly (March and September)

 

·     2 sets of samples; 1 set =  4 samples à 1.1 ml,
lyophilised cell culture lysates

 

Deadlines for registration

EQA schemes March 2020:              24 January 2020

EQA schemes September 2020:       17 July 2020

 

Shipping dates

EQA schemes March 2020:              11 March 2020

EQA schemes September 2020:       02 September 2020

 

Registration

  • Participants already registered at INSTAND:

Please use your personal access to the INSTAND EQAS Online system for ordering the required EQA schemes/terms directly below section "Virus Diagnostics/Virus Genome Detection A".

 

  • Participants having yet not registered at INSTAND:

Please visit https://rv-online.instandev.de/ and register in the EQAS Online system for placing the order. In case of difficulties during registration, please contact us directly.

 

Further new EQA schemes in June and November 2020

 

Group 404: Virus genome detection – Borna disease viruses

Group 408: Virus genome detection – Torque teno virus (TTV)

Group 433: Virus genome detection – Panel for viral meningitis / encephalitis for multiplex tests

Group 415: Virus immunology – Borna disease viruses (Ab)

 

For details on registration please see above.

 

Please contact the EQA advisors for further information.

 

Many thanks for your kind cooperation.

Yours sincerely

 

Heinz Zeichhardt                    Martin Kammel

  

Prof. i.R. Dr. Heinz Zeichhardt

EQAS Adviser

Professor of Virology

Charité - University Medicine Berlin

 

Correspondence address:

Prof. Dr. Heinz Zeichhardt
IQVD GmbH - Institut für Qualitätssicherung in der Virusdiagnostik

Potsdamer Chaussee 80, 14129 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49-(0)30-81054-300, Fax: +49-(0)30-81054-303
Email:
Heinz.Zeichhardt@iqvd.de

 

 

Dr. Martin Kammel

Assistant EQAS Adviser

c/o INSTAND e.V.

Ubierstr. 20, 40223 Düsseldorf, Germany

Tel.: +49-(0)30-81054300; Fax: +49-(0)30-81054303

Email: M.Kammel@iqvd.de