CLIA waived tests are tests that are "simple lab examinations that are cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for home use; employ methodologies that are so simple and accurate as to render the likelihood of errorenous results negligible; or pose no reasonable risk or harm to the patient if test is performed incorrectly"(http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/clia/cliawaived.html). E.g. of tests: Dipstick, Urine Pregnancy Tests. The PT Check Up is carried out to decrease errors, ensure correct tests results are used appropriately to the benefit of patients with regards to treatment by "training staff, evaluating instrument and methodology, troubleshooting and assessing staff competency in CLIA waived tests"1.
Proficiency testing for CLIA Waived Tests. What is the "PT Check Up" Program?
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