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. 

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EQAS OASYS Tutorials



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