Controllab releases 2nd interlaboratory report for SARS-CoV2 methods

Laboratories participating in the Proficiency Test for Covid-19 carried out yet another study that contributes valuable information to the diagnostics sector.

Controllab – the largest provider of Laboratory Quality Control in Brazil and Latin America – provides the second interlaboratory Proficiency Test (EP) pioneer report for the main methods of detection of SARS-CoV2. The assessment was made based on the survey of data obtained in the second round of the EP held in June this year. Like the first report, this content is enriched with information brought by specialists in the diagnostics sector. The theme will assist both kit manufacturers and laboratories, demonstrating the relevance of quality control for decisions about systems implemented in the routine, in this period of learning and uncertainty. This second report contemplates a greater diversity of kits and automated systems, in addition to providing detailed graphics for the molecular biology technique, separating it by methodologies (own and in house). Similar to the first round, additional items were also contemplated to allow for a larger sampling of the data, considering the Covid-19 pandemic. In this scenario, the 252 laboratories listed on the map below participated in the second round of the EP for SARS-CoV2 carried out by Controllab in partnership with the Brazilian Society of Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine (SBPC/ML). Both institutions congratulate the participants for their commitment to the performance evaluation of their systems. Users contributed valuable information that will be useful to demonstrate to the market the performance of the analytical systems used. Identifying how the laboratories behaved against the analytical system in use is crucial, since a quality diagnosis leads to an early clinical conduct and reliable epidemiological data. The assessment of this report must be made in its entirety, observing all the information presented (content, figures and tables), in order to have a better use and understanding of the data. “In this way, it will be possible to avoid misinterpretations, especially in relation to the performance of analytical systems in interlaboratory comparison”, says Controllab’s technical services analyst, Adriana Vieira, who contributed to the preparation of the report. The credibility of the Controllab Proficiency Test for SARS-CoV2 was recognized this month with the accreditation of Cgcre of Inmetro to NBR ISO/IEC 17043. With this achievement, the company becomes the only one in the world accredited for Covid-19 research by the methods of Molecular Biology, Automated Immunology and Rapid Diagnostic Test (POCT) * for antibody and antigen research.

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the report of the second evaluation of the pioneering proficiency test for SARS-CoV2 detection

For laboratories wishing to participate in the next round, Controllab has several quality control solutions for SARS-CoV2. Participate, contribute and collaborate with the laboratory diagnosis market. For more details, contact us by email contato@controllab.comor by phones and WhatsApp +55 (21) 97901-0310 and (21) 98036-1592.

Meet the participants who contributed to the second interlaboratory report for the main SARS-CoV2 methods:

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PRM 0009

Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Certified Reference Material Producer

Controllab has been accredited as a Certified Reference Material Producer (MRC) since 2016 by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), under the PMR 0009 number. The assessment of this conformity is carried out according to the requirements established in ABNT NBR standards ISO 17034 and Inmetro, thus ensuring competence for the production of MRCs, according to the Scope of Accreditation.
Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

CAL 0214

Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Calibration Laboratory

In December 2002, the Calibration Laboratory was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE). With this recognition, it became an integral part of the Brazilian network of accredited laboratories, under nº214. Since then, it is periodically evaluated for the maintenance and/or extension of accreditation.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

PEP 0003

Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Proficiency Test Provider

In September 2011, Controllab was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE) as a proficiency test provider, under nº PEP0003. Initially as part of a pilot project by Inmetro, this accreditation was based on ILAC G13: 2007 and included several clinical and hemotherapy tests. In the periodic evaluations of this accreditation, new segments and tests are included and the evaluation is now conducted according to ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17043.

This accreditation attests to Controllab’s technical competence to develop and conduct proficiency tests in accordance with international requirements and enables it to be recognized in other countries, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements signed by Brazil in Mercosur, the Americas and Europe.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).