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Proficiency Testing Referral

CMS has published strict guidelines regarding compliant performance of proficiency testing. The following guidelines must be followed:
  • PT samples or partial samples may NOT be forwarded by any personnel to other laboratories for testing or additional reflex, consultative, or confirmatory examinations.
  • Results obtained by referral to another laboratory, if reported to the PT agency, may result in serious sanctions.
  • A reference laboratory in receipt of a PT sample for testing, should NOT perform the testing and should notify CMS of this breach via appropriate channels.
  • The laboratory must not discuss, share, or involve other laboratories in the examination process or results interpretation.
  • Interlaboratory communications regarding testing results are NOT permitted until AFTER the result submission date has passed.