- Laboratory Improvement
- Proficiency Testing
- Sample Exchange Registry for Alternative Assessment
- Frequently Asked Questions - Sample Exchange Registry
Frequently Asked Questions, Sample Exchange Registry
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To ensure a quality experience using this service, the CAP requires a minimum of three participants testing for the same analyte and methodology prior to facilitating the exchange process. Once your information through the Contact Information Form has been received, it will be placed in the system awaiting additional participants. The CAP will contact you once the above criteria have been met.
No, everyone is welcome to participate.
A list of submitted analytes is not available at this time.
We do ask that each participating laboratory donate samples for assessment. However, it is not a requirement for admittance into the program. The CAP facilitates the exchange of specimens between laboratories and does not provide specimens.
This service is complimentary. However, a nominal fee of $165 per unique sample will be charged for samples that are submitted that require viral marker testing. If this testing can be done at your facility, this fee is waived. Note that documentation MUST be provided. All samples, with the exception of purified DNA/RNA , formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue or urine specimens, require viral marker testing.
All samples (excluding purified DNA/RNA , FFPE or urine) must be negative for hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, and HIV I and II antibodies.
The sample exchange is based on the ability to obtain at least three laboratories that have submitted results for the same analyte/method and/or instrument combination. Once this minimum criterion is achieved, the CAP will summarize the data and provide a report to each participating laboratory.
Samples are sent twice a year based on availability.