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Report on the External Quality Assessment Scheme for Metabolite Testing in Korea (2016–2017)
J Lab Med Qual Assur 2018;40:136-148
Published online September 30, 2018
© 2018 Korean Association of External Quality Assessment Service.

Soo-Youn Lee

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Genetics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Soo-Youn Lee
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Genetics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 81 Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06351, Korea
Tel: +82-2-3410-1834
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E-mail: suddenbz@skku.edu
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
 Abstract
External quality assessment (EQA) trials of conventional newborn screening tests for phenylketonuria, galactosemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria, and congenital hypothyroidism, as well as extended newborn screening tests using tandem mass spectrometry, were performed twice in 2016 and 2017. A total of 44 specimens in the form of dried blood spots were distributed in each trial to 16 laboratories. The response rate of these laboratories was 100%. The mean, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, median, and cut-offs were evaluated for each analyte in the newborn screening tests. EQA trials for the analyses of methylmalonic acid, vanillylmandelic acid, catecholamines, metanephrines, organic acids, and amino acids were also performed. A well-designed EQA program and continuous education would improve the performance of metabolite testing.
Keywords : External quality assessment, Newborn screening, Tandem mass spectrometry, Amino acid, Organic acid, Metabolite
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