Abstract: The definition and enforcement of reference measurement systems, based on the implementation of metrological traceability of patient results to higherorder (reference) methods and/or materials, together with a clinically acceptable level of measurement uncertainty (MU), are fundamental requirements to produce accurate and equivalent laboratory results. The MU associated with each step of the traceability chain should be governed to obtain a final combined MU on clinical samples fulfilling the requested performance specifications. MU is useful for a number of reasons: (a) for giving objective information about the quality of individual laboratory performance; (b) for serving as a management tool for the medical laboratory and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers, forcing them to investigate and eventually fix the identified problems; (c) for helping those manufacturers that produce superior products and measuring systems to demonstrate the superiority of those products; (d) for identifying analytes that need analytical improvement for their clinical use and ask IVD manufacturers to work for improving the quality of assay performance and (e) for abandoning assays with demonstrated insufficient quality. Accordingly, the MU should not be considered a parameter to be calculated by medical laboratories just to fulfill accreditation standards, but it must become a key quality indicator to describe both the performance of an IVD measuring system and the laboratory itself.

The utility of measurement uncertainty in medical laboratories / F. Braga, M. Panteghini. - In: CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE. - ISSN 1434-6621. - 58:9(2020 Mar 03), pp. 1407-1413.

The utility of measurement uncertainty in medical laboratories

F. Braga
;
M. Panteghini
2020

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Abstract: The definition and enforcement of reference measurement systems, based on the implementation of metrological traceability of patient results to higherorder (reference) methods and/or materials, together with a clinically acceptable level of measurement uncertainty (MU), are fundamental requirements to produce accurate and equivalent laboratory results. The MU associated with each step of the traceability chain should be governed to obtain a final combined MU on clinical samples fulfilling the requested performance specifications. MU is useful for a number of reasons: (a) for giving objective information about the quality of individual laboratory performance; (b) for serving as a management tool for the medical laboratory and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers, forcing them to investigate and eventually fix the identified problems; (c) for helping those manufacturers that produce superior products and measuring systems to demonstrate the superiority of those products; (d) for identifying analytes that need analytical improvement for their clinical use and ask IVD manufacturers to work for improving the quality of assay performance and (e) for abandoning assays with demonstrated insufficient quality. Accordingly, the MU should not be considered a parameter to be calculated by medical laboratories just to fulfill accreditation standards, but it must become a key quality indicator to describe both the performance of an IVD measuring system and the laboratory itself.
measurement uncertainty; metrological traceability; performance specifications; standardization
Settore BIO/12 - Biochimica Clinica e Biologia Molecolare Clinica
3-mar-2020
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