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Participating in B-PTS studies provides laboratories with an objective means for assessing and demonstrating the reliability of their data. Participants are therefore asked to use their routine methods for B-PTS studies, instead of a non-standard method, which can sometimes be prescribed for a collaborative study.
A study protocol is sent to participants by email at least 2 weeks before the B-PTS samples are shipped.
The study protocol provides general information on:
- how to process the samples, noting that laboratories test panel samples using their established, routinely used assay;
- the conditions of storage, taking into consideration any limitations at the BEs;
- the link to the AoR form;
- how to record the results, the deadline for submitting the results and the link to the RDS.