POC Competency Challenges help POC coordinators streamline operator education (initial training and ongoing competency). These programs include standardized specimens that can not only be used to train operators and assess competency but also to evaluate/troubleshoot instrument and method performance for waived and non-waived tests.
Expected results will be provided. These programs are not proficiency testing programs and participants will not return results to the CAP.
POC Competency Challenges may have limited availability and stability.
Analytes/procedures in bold type are regulated for proficiency testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
- One abnormal 2.5‑mL aqueous specimen (10 vials) for blood gas and hematocrit/hemoglobin testing
- Each program provides material to test up to 10 staff
- May be purchased any time during the year