Announcement | August 19, 2020
Participate in our 2020 Bd/Bsal/Ranavirus QC/QA program
Laboratories currently running Bd, Bsal and/or Ranavirus sp PCR tests are invited to join our round robin ring test at the end of this year. Read the full announcement here.
Sign up by September 30, 2020.
Emerging infectious diseases, particularly frog and salamander chytridiomycosis, and infection with several species of ranaviruses, are major threats to amphibian biodiversity. Diagnostic tests that can reliably detect the presence of these diseases are crucial to controlling the spread of disease, ensuring disease-free status in rescue colonies and the success of translocation and re-introduction programs. Laboratories worldwide that perform tests for these pathogens produce results that influence conservation strategies and governmental policies. Accuracy and repeatability of testing is crucial.
Although there are recommendations regarding protocols and the use of standards, methodology varies amongst labs depending on their purpose, size and equipment. In most cases, labs are unable to confirm their results or access an outside quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program. The Diagnostics Working Group has developed a QA/QC program to meet the critical need for a QA/QC program that is practical, economical and accessible.
The Diagnostic Working Group QA/QC Program uses a “round robin” methodology based on comparing results amongst labs running similar tests. An independent agency supplies blind samples to all labs, collects and compares the results. Labs are informed of where their results stand, but the confidentiality of each lab is maintained.
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QA/QC Program results