What is an IQCP?
IQCP stands for Individualized Quality Control Plan. According to the CDC, it is:
“an all-inclusive approach to assuring quality. It includes many practices that a laboratory already uses to ensure quality testing beyond requiring that a certain number of QC materials be tested at a designated frequency. IQCP applies to all nonwaived testing performed, including existing and new test systems.”
Where does it come from?
The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations require a lab to put into place quality procedures that dictate the monitoring of the accuracy and precision of testing. The birth of the IQCP gave labs the opportunity to create procedures that are tailored to their facility and patients.
What is the best resource?
The CDC has an amazing introduction and other resources here
Why do we care?
We care here at NOW Diagnostics because our blood-based pregnancy test is categorized as a mod complex test. We’ve been hard at work developing IQCP templates that help make it easy to implment our test in your facility. If we can be of any help to you, please reach out to our technical support today: firstname.lastname@example.org