APHA’s Quality Assurance Unit
APHA’s independent quality assurance unit based at Sutton Bonington, near Loughborough, Leicestershire occupies the same site as the APHA Laboratory. It is the market leader in proficiency testing for veterinary laboratories, with over 35 years experience in the field and is an accredited proficiency testing provider (ISO/IEC 17043 – Conformity Assessment – Guidelines for Proficiency Testing)
The Proficiency Testing schemes we offer help provide testing laboratories with the evidence necessary to prove that their tests meet third party accreditation quality standards. Participation in a PT scheme shows a commitment to improving performance, which is of commercial value in maintaining a good reputation for delivering reliable and accurate results. It is an independent and confidential verification of the testing process.
Inter-laboratory comparability, amongst national and international participants, within many schemes is an important factor which can be assessed to highlight consistencies between laboratories.
VETQAS PT schemes are internationally recognised and accepted by third party accreditation organisations for laboratories working to ISO 17025. Many of the VETQAS PT schemes are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO/IEC17043:2010 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for proficiency testing.
For further information on PT schemes, Vetqas and scheme use please see our page on essential information.