CEQA is educational and operates on the principle of professional consensus with the aim to improve standards by peer review and constructive comments, not by penalties. Performance criteria allow comparison of laboratories to the European Cytogenetic and/or National Guidelines. Satisfactory performance is a good way to reassure patients as well as colleagues and clinicians of the consistent standard of work in your laboratory.
The CEQA scoring system allows identification of sub-standard performance by converting comments into numerical scores. This allows objective comparisons between laboratories and against set standards.
Laboratories performing below the expected standards (designated as poor performance) will be contacted and the Scheme Office will support the laboratory where possible in making the necessary changes to improve performance.
The overall marking criteria for the different schemes have been agreed by the Steering Committee and are tailored to the individual EQAs by the Scheme Co-ordinator and the assessors prior to each assessment round.