IEQAS Schemes: Distribution Schedule

IEQAS Schemes Distribution Schedule 2023


Clinical Chemistry:  3 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 27 Mar, 2 May, 29 May, 3 Jul, 8 Aug, 4 Sept, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec

FBC/Blood Cell Morphology:  13 Feb, 28 Mar, 22 May, 24 Jul, 18 Sept, 27 Nov

HbA1c: 17 Jan, 21 Mar, 20 Jun (Rescheduled to 27 Jun), 22 Aug, 24 Oct*



Clinical chemistry (general)

One sample, monthly: commercially prepared human-based (lyophilised); or fresh serum. 

Alb, Chol, HDL, LDL, Creat, eGFR, Ca, Ca(adj), Cl, Gluc, Iron, Transferrin, K, Lactate, Li, Mg, Na, Osmol, Phos, TBili, TProt, Trig, Urate, Urea, ALT, AST, Amylase, ALP, CK, GGT, LDH.


Full Blood Count

Two samples, bi-monthly: commercially prepared; or fresh blood.



Blood Cell Morphology

One sample, bi-monthly: stained blood smears, with summary FBC data.

Manual 100 cell differential count and most significant morphological observations. Primarily an educational scheme with no laboratory scoring, but with individual comments and advice as appropriate.  Annual review at IEQAS Conference.



Two samples, 5 distributions/year: fresh donor or pooled residual blood, with HbA1c values covering the diabetes range; IFCC reference values assigned by the European Reference Laboratory for Glycohemoglobin. 

Also suitable for POCT meters. 

POCT reference documents

Guidance on the Provision of Testing Services in Pharmacies, PSI, Version 3, October 2019 details

Guidelines for safe and effective Near Patient Testing (NPT) 2021Update details