Weqas is one of the largest External Quality Assessment providers in the UK, with over 50 years of experience in delivering global Quality Assurance Programmes in Laboratory Medicine.
Weqas operates as an independent organisation, hosted by Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, based at Unit 6, Parc Ty Glas, Cardiff.
Supplying to more than 35,000 sites per month, Weqas provides over 40 EQA Programmes, including external audit, performance analysis and an educational advisory service. We would like to become your provider of choice for Clinical Laboratory Quality Assurance Support, within four distinct services:
- External Quality Assessment for Laboratory and Point of Care Services
- Reference Laboratory
- Quality Control Production
- Education and Training
Weqas Programmes are underpinned by commutable metrological traceable samples and informative reports. Our range of Web based reporting options cater for the Laboratory Manager, the Laboratory Scientists and the PoCT end user. Our team of experienced Scientists and PoCT Co-ordinators provide a unique troubleshooting and problem solving service to our clients.
With changing technologies, techniques and patient care delivery models, there is a pressing need to ensure there is a focus within education and training programmes for standardisation of analyses, error reporting, poor performance and laboratory accreditation. Unique to Weqas is the education, workshops, e-learning and presentations which are available, that can be tailored to our clients needs.
Weqas is registered with United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) for conformity assessment. Weqas External Quality Assessment services are accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard – General requirements for proficiency testing (ISO/IEC 17043:2010). The Weqas Reference Laboratory is accredited to the recognised International Standard – General requirements for competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025:2017) and in accordance with Laboratory medicine – Requirements for the competence of calibration laboratories using reference measurement procedures (ISO/IEC 15195). Weqas scopes of accreditation are available to view and download.
The Weqas team are supported by a Steering Committee which advises the organisers on the overall operation of the Programme, including the frequency of distribution of materials, the types of materials to be distributed, methods of statistical analysis and data presentation, and the desirability of introducing new investigations to the Programme.