Cover Letter: Run 114/43

Dear UK NEQAS ICC & ISH Participant,

  • Run 113 / Run 42 reports are available to download.
  • Run 114 ICC / Run 43 ISH slides will be despatched from between the 3rd – 6th May 2016.

Go to www.ukneqasiccish.org and click on ‘Participant Login’ from the main menu to retrieve reports and instructions for the new assessment

Closing Date for RUN 114 (ICC) / 43 (ISH): 3rd June 2016* *Slides post-marked after this date may not be assessed. Late receipts are logged and reviewed by the scheme.

  • UK NEQAS ICC & ISH Has Moved: – Please ensure you send your slides to: Room 127, Finsbury Business Centre, 40 Bowling Green Lane. London EC1R 0NE.
  • Address label templates can be downloaded at:  http://www.ukneqasiccish.org/downloads/ 
  • Address labels were sent with your Run 113 slides.

Do Not Send Any Slides To Hamilton House As These Will Not Be Accepted. 

Your Slides Will Be Returned And Therefore Not Assessed

Important Changes to the Distributed EQA Slides

  • Please cut your appropriate in-house control material alongside the NEQAS slide (below the Red line)
  • Separate in-house controls are still required for the Cytology Module
  • All slides except the Cytology module will arrive unbaked
  • Once you have cut your in-house controls:
    • Allow the slide to drain thoroughly (30 – 60 mins)
    • Bake the slide (ideally in a temperature controlled oven) at either 37°C overnight OR 55-60°C for 1 hour, and then carry out your usual staining procedure.

Module Specific Announcements

UK NEQAS ICC & ISH is pleased to inform you that following a visit by UKAS in February, we are now accredited to ISO: 17043

See also module specific instruction sheets which are available by clicking ‘instructions’ in the participant login area

  • Breast HER2 ISH: Cut and place a single ‘example’ from a clinical case or control onto the distributed NEQAS slide. See online module instruction sheet. A composite control is NOT required.
  • ALK IHC for NSCLC pilot module: The data entry / reporting system has now been setup for this module and data can be used in the same manner as with the other modules
  • Breast Hormone Receptor: Antibody Requested = Progesterone receptor (PR).
  • Cytology: In-house controls should still be sent as a separate slide. We are not using the Patient/Control slides for this module. If you wish to change your sample (cytospin or cell block) then please contact the scheme.
  • Secondary Antibodies Run 114: Gen C: CDX2 ; Lymphoma N: Ki67; Neuropath J: Prolactin; Cytology T: ERGIST Vb: DOG-1; HNPCC: MLH1 & PMS2
  • Antibody Not Stocked? Please email or contact the scheme for an alternative: info@ukneqasiccish.org

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