IQAS

Cellmark Forensics and IQAS

IQAS Proficiency Test Management System

Created by DNA Experts for DNA Experts

International Quality Assessment Scheme (IQAS) proficiency test kits are distributed by Bode Cellmark Forensics to both public and private sector forensic DNA testing laboratories. Since the inception of the IQAS program in 1991, thousands of IQAS proficiency tests have been distributed to DNA testing laboratories in the US and internationally.

IQAS Advantages

  • All IQAS proficiency tests are available each quarter
  • Multiple IQAS kits enable selection of sample types (neat or mixture)
  • Option of reporting serological and/or DNA results each quarter
  • Report autosomal STR, Y-STR, and/or mitochondrial DNA results with each test
  • Use the Web-based IQAS Proficiency Test Management System to order, assign, and track your proficiency tests
  • Participants can download the results submission form from our secure Web site and submit their results online
  • Results submission form with drop-down lists makes it faster and easier to input results
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of your results is provided
  • ASCLD/LAB-approved proficiency test provider

Accuracy of Results

  • The results submission form displays the loci in the same order as they appear on the electropherograms for the STR kit(s) used.
  • Result files are uploaded directly into the IQAS database, eliminating the need for data entry and minimizing transcription errors.
  • Target values are compiled from the pre-distribution testing and/or consensus results.
  • Summary Reports are provided to the ASCLD-LAB Proficiency Review Committee (PRC) or ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), as requested by each participant.

Download a sample individual report

IQAS Schedule

Distribution

Considered Late Order After

Kits Ship on

Results Due by

Preliminary Report Issued By

Summary Reports Issued by

2016-Q4

6/27/2016

9/26/2016

1/18/2017

2/17/2017

4/18/2017

2017-Q1

9/16/2016

12/13/2016

4/12/2017

5/12/2017

7/11/2017

2017-Q2

12/27/2016

3/27/2017

7/19/2017

8/18/2017

10/17/2017

2017-Q3

3/27/2017

6/26/2017

10/18/2017

11/17/2017

1/16/2018

2017-Q4

6/26/2017

9/25/2017

1/17/2018

2/16/2018

4/17/2018

2018-Q1

9/5/2017

12/11/2017

4/18/2018

5/18/2018

7/17/2018

2018-Q2

12/22/2017

3/26/2018

7/18/2018

8/17/2018

10/16/2018

2018-Q3

3/19/2018

6/25/2018

10/17/2018

11/16/2018

1/15/2019

2018-Q4

6/18/2018

9/24/2018

1/16/2019

2/15/2019

4/16/2019

NOTE: Proficiency testing kits are shipped via overnight courier to arrive on or around the first day of the quarter (Jan 1, April 1, July 1, Oct 1). This complies with the DAB requirement that DNA analysts complete 2 proficiency test administered every 180 days.