Data Analysis and Assessment Criteria Handbook


The RCPAQAP Pty Ltd provides pathology laboratories with External Quality Assurance programs for assessing the diagnostic and technical proficiency of laboratories in each discipline of Pathology and for the purposes of supporting patient safety, continuing medical education and research.

Over recent years, the RCPAQAP has developed a new software platform to host a collection of survey data and issue reports, as well as a new customer-facing portal to facilitate customer interaction and feedback.  The continued development of these combined platforms ensures the RCPAQAP can provide a world-class user experience.

All RCPAQAP programs have adopted a harmonised approach to analyse survey data and assess participant performance.  The reporting system has been developed to better illustrate peer group comparison based on all survey results or from the main variable in a test method (measurement system, kit method etc). The reports also provide customers with a detailed review of method performance, if available, and a cumulative review of the survey performance in each report.

This booklet provides our customers with information and instructions on the data analysis systems used to assess performance in all RCPAQAP disciplines.  There is a commonality between disciplines on how performance is assessed, which continues to be harmonised.  Customers should be directed to the relevant section to view the assessment criteria for their pathology discipline.

A guide to interpreting reports is available on the myQAP help page.

As we progress, we will endeavour to provide you with the highest quality service to further enhance your quality management system.


John Sioufi
Manager User Experience


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