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Inside the Lab Quality assurance and quality control

Balancing Care with Qnostics

sponsored by Randox

With the advent of personalized medicine and increased technological advancement, the demands of today’s molecular diagnostic laboratories are high. Laboratory professionals must carefully balance standards, patient safeguarding, and quality of care – all while securing the best health outcomes.

Qnostics provides ballast for this difficult balancing act. With state-of-the-art quality control materials curated for the modern market, their solutions target an extensive range of infectious diseases, including respiratory diseases, transplant associated diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, sexually transmitted infections, central nervous system diseases and blood borne viruses – specifically for application with molecular methods.

Qnostics’ controls are highly accessible and provide many benefits for end users working in IVD manufacture, clinical research organizations, and clinical molecular diagnostic laboratories. Importantly, they are whole-pathogen, meaning they contain the full organism genome and mimic the performance of patient samples. Moreover, the controls effectively monitor the performance of the entire testing process, including extraction, amplification, and detection.

Notably, the samples provided are inactivated by irradiation and heat treatment for safe handling, before being liquid frozen to limit sample preparation time and offer stability for two years. Finally, because the controls are truly third party, they can provide independent assessment of assay performance while helping meet ISO 15189:2012 regulatory requirements, which makes them stand out among first party controls.

Benefits in brief:

  • Inactivated. Samples are irradiated and heat treated for safe handling.
  • Liquid frozen. Convenient and easy to use – simply thaw and run on the analyzer
  • Two-year stability.
  • Consolidation. Qnostics and Randox offer a full range of molecular controls for infectious disease testing, enabling consolidation to a single supplier.
  • Multi-analyte materials. Qnostics provide multi-analyte controls designed for use with multiplex assays, where appropriate.
  • Fully traceable. Organisms traceable to WHO standards wherever possible.

Qnostics’ Q Control range is designed to monitor molecular assay performance over time and can be applied for ongoing routine monitoring. Molecular Q Panels can be used to monitor the performance of quantitative assays, such as blood borne viruses and transplant related viral infections, across the clinical range. Analytical Q Panels and Evaluation Panels can be used for assay and instrument validation and verification, troubleshooting, and research and development.

Through the power of Qnostics, technicians are empowered to take control of the many variables in the lab – striking a better balance between precision and patient care.

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