External Quality Assurance

 

The Immunology Virology Quality Assessment Center (IVQAC) is a resource designed to help domestic and international immunologists evaluate and enhance the integrity and comparability of immunological laboratory determinations performed on patients enrolled in multi-site HIV/AIDS therapeutic, vaccine and prevention investigations. The IVQAC has multiple focuses including directing the External Quality Assurance Program Oversight Laboratory (EQAPOL), the Immune Quality Assessment (IQA) program, and the Non-Human Primate Core Virology Laboratory (NHPCVL).

IQA

Immunology Quality Assessment (IQA)

Thomas Denny, MSc, MPhil, has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Division of AIDS (DAIDS) Immunology Quality Assessment (IQA)  program since 1999. The IQA is a resource designed to help domestic and international immunologists evaluate and enhance the integrity and comparability of immunological laboratory determinations performed on patients enrolled in multi-site HIV/AIDS therapeutic, vaccine and prevention investigations.

External Quality Assurance Oversight Program Laboratory (EQAPOL)

In September 2010, the DHVI became the home of the NIAID DIADS External Quality Assurance Oversight Program Laboratory (EQAPOL)  under the leadership of Thomas Denny, MSc, MPhil.

VQA

The Virology Quality Assurance Program (VQA) is NIAID/NIH funded contract that is designed to provide quality assurance and proficiency testing for virologic-based assays for HIV, and other viral pathogens that are conducted in NIAID-supported laboratories performing assays on samples from subjects enrolled in multisite clinical studies. The goal for the VQA program is to promote effective assay procedures and increase data integrity within collaborative studies.