Guidelines for Point of Care Testing (PoCT) First Edition 2015

This page contains best practice guidelines developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council

Page last updated: 28 October 2015

Guidelines for Point of Care Testing

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to users of the technology and to describe the key quality requirements for the performance of Point of Care Testing (PoCT) to ensure the safety and quality of test results. This document sets out the best practice guidelines for governance, quality systems, staff training, safety, environmental issues, specimen and result integrity, related to the performance of PoCT. The appendices also contain checklists to assist in the interpretation of these Guidelines.

These Guidelines do not cover detailed operations of PoCT devices or training of staff that operate these devices. Self-testing at home and advice on the use and evaluation of specific analytical devices are also outside of the scope of this document. This document is a first edition published in 2015.

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