Proficiency programmes designed to assess the integrity of tests and testing processes

NRL External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS) are intended to assess the integrity of the entire testing process for infectious disease markers from sample receipt through to final interpretation of patient test result. The design and analysis of NRL’s EQAS draw upon NRL’s extensive experience and scientific methods to ensure maximum scope for error detection. NRL EQAS are proficiency panels that consist of a combination of positive and negative samples representative of what would typically be received by a testing laboratory/point-of-care site. On completion of testing, participants report their results online via OASYS-an internet based application. These data are statistically analysed and a final report is compiled where participants can assess their results and compare with those of their peers who are using the same IVDs.


NRL is a fully accredited ISO 17043 provider and our EQAS service includes:

  • Genuine and diverse patient samples

  • Scientific and technical support to resolve problems in laboratory testing

  • A global network of laboratories in more than 50 countries

  • Programmes designed specifically for clinical and/or blood screening institutions; and point-of-care testing sites

A range of proficiency programmes can be found in the current NRL EQAS Catalogue. 

NRL 2021 EQAS Annual Reports Now Available

NRL Science of Quality are proud to be leading providers of External Quality Assessment Schemes to our customers around the world.

Behind the figures is the scientific expertise we hold in house, able to provide the most accurate analysis and reporting of your data.


In addition to the rapid informatic-generated graphical reports provided to our participants after each test event, NRL EQAS Scientists have analysed the EQA data submitted for all three test events of 2021 program, using their scientific expertise to highlight some overarching scientific findings. This Annual Report reviews the major findings for the year and presents a level of scientific analysis not usually found in quality assurance reporting.


Today we released the 2021 EQAS Annual Report Collection.

These combined reports provide in depth analysis across all three test events of 2021. It reviews panel design, target analytes, observed issues and participant performance. A resource to all our EQAS subscribers.

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Prices Available on Request. Please email eqas@nrlquality.org.au to discuss your pricing

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For more information on NRL EQAS services please phone: +61 3 9418 1108 or email the EQAS Senior Scientist -

Kate Zhang: kate@nrlquality.org.au