Winter Laboratory Preparedness Webinar
Laboratory preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 and other Winter Respiratory Viruses
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The IBMS is pleased to announce the next partnership webinar with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC).
Join us on Thursday 24 September 2020 as we explore ‘Laboratory preparedness for SARS and other Winter Respiratory Viruses’. This webinar will inform listeners on how to validate and quality control their molecular and serology assays for the forthcoming winter respiratory virus season.
Targeted at but not limited to; Laboratory Managers and Staff, Laboratory QA Mangers and other interested industry professionals.
|11.30||Welcome and introduction||Jennifer Sandle, Quality Manager, Quality Assurance NIBSC|
Laboratory considerations when testing for a novel and evolving virus
Overview: this talk will focus on general laboratory requirements for the forthcoming winter season.
|Dr Sarah Pitt, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton and Chief Examiner Virology, Institute of Biomedical Science|
Title: Assay calibration – how sensitive is your assay?
Overview: There will be a presention explaining why kit controls themselves are not sufficient to meet the requirements of ISO15189 and also how using external controls can help in the day-to-day monitoring of an assay specifically relating to the forthcoming winter season.
|Claire Morris, Senior Scientist, NIBSC / Rob Anderson, Senior Scientist, NIBSC|
Title: SARS CoV-2 Antibodies-The UK NEQAS Experience.
Overview: UK NEQAS immunology, Immunochemistry & Allergy (IIA) introduced a global EQA scheme in June 2020, within a short timeframe. The aim was to support laboratories in monitoring the performance of their assays following the development and introduction of various methodologies to detect SARS CoV-2 antibodies. The presentation will review the data obtained from various assays, from over 300 participating laboratories.
|Dina Patel- Scientific Director UK NEQAS Immunology|
Title: Serology assays and how best to control them.
Overview: This talk will show how participating in EQA schemes whilst important isn’t a substitute for not using run controls and how these can help with standardising serology assays.
|David Padley, Senior Scientist, NIBSC|
|13:10||Closing remarks||Jennifer Sandle, Quality Manager, Quality Assurance NIBSC|