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ASVCP quality assurance guidelines: control of general analytical factors in veterinary laboratories.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2010)
  • Bente Flatland, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • K P Freeman
  • K R Friedrichs
  • L M Vap
  • K M Getzy
  • E W Evans
  • K E Harr
Abstract
Owing to lack of governmental regulation of veterinary laboratory performance, veterinarians ideally should demonstrate a commitment to self-monitoring and regulation of laboratory performance from within the profession. In response to member concerns about quality management in veterinary laboratories, the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) formed a Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards (QAS) committee in 1996. This committee recently published updated and peer-reviewed Quality Assurance Guidelines on the ASVCP website. The Quality Assurance Guidelines are intended for use by veterinary diagnostic laboratories and veterinary research laboratories that are not covered by the US Food and Drug Administration Good Laboratory Practice standards (Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Chapter 58). The guidelines have been divided into 3 reports on 1) general analytic factors for veterinary laboratory performance and comparisons, 2) hematology and hemostasis, and 3) clinical chemistry, endocrine assessment, and urinalysis. This report documents recommendations for control of general analytical factors within veterinary clinical laboratories and is based on section 2.1 (Analytical Factors Important In Veterinary Clinical Pathology, General) of the newly revised ASVCP QAS Guidelines. These guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive; rather, they provide minimum guidelines for quality assurance and quality control for veterinary laboratory testing. It is hoped that these guidelines will provide a basis for laboratories to assess their current practices, determine areas for improvement, and guide continuing professional development and education efforts. ©2010 American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
Publication Date
September, 2010
Citation Information
Bente Flatland, K P Freeman, K R Friedrichs, L M Vap, et al.. "ASVCP quality assurance guidelines: control of general analytical factors in veterinary laboratories." Veterinary Clinical Pathology Vol. 39 Iss. 3 (2010)
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