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Toxicology scheme (TOX)

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  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • External Quality Assessment (EQA) designed for laboratories and clinics that provide pathology and toxicological service, or forensic investigation for drug and ethanol determination
  • Quantitative analysis:
    - Blood (carboxyhaemoglobin, ethanol, paracetamol and salicylic acid)
    - Serum (ethanol, paracetamol and salicylic acid)
    - Urine (Gammahydroxybutyrate (GHB) and ethanol)
    - Lyophilised serum samples for a range of drugs
  • Toxicology case studies:
    - Human serum and urine test material accompanied by a clinical or forensic scenario requiring interpretation
  • Toxicology in blood: - Human blood for quantitative measurement of specified analytes (opiates, opioids, benzodiazepines, tricyclics, SSRIs, antipsychotics and other compounds that may be monitored in cases of drug overdose)
  • Toxic alcohols
    - Acetone, Ethanol, Ethylene glycol, Isopropylalcohol (IPA), Methanol
  • Performance of U.K. participants is reported to the National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel for Chemical Pathology
  • Scheme operates from April to March

Round dates

Round

Despatch date

Reporting deadline

TX176 11 Apr 2016 09 May 2016
TX177 16 May 2016 13 Jun 2016
TX178 16 May 2016 27 Jun 2016
TX179 13 Jun 2016 11 Jul 2016
TX180 11 Jul 2016 08 Aug 2016
TX181 08 Aug 2016 05 Sep 2016
TX182 08 Aug 2016 19 Sep 2016
TX183 05 Sep 2016 03 Oct 2016
TX184 10 Oct 2016 07 Nov 2016
TX185 07 Nov 2016 05 Dec 2016
TX186 07 Nov 2016 19 Dec 2016
TX187 05 Dec 2016 09 Jan 2017
TX188 16 Jan 2017 13 Feb 2017
TX189 13 Feb 2017 13 Mar 2017
TX190 13 Feb 2017 27 Mar 2017
TX191 13 Mar 2017 10 Apr 2017
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