Quality of coagulation testing for the benefit of the patient
The ECAT Foundation is a non-profit organisation providing an international External Quality Assessment Programme (EQAP) for laboratories working in the field of haemostasis and thrombosis. The aim of the ECAT Foundation is to contribute to quality assessment and improvement of clinical laboratory testing in this field which benefits the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The ECAT Foundation strives to be an internationally leading external quality assessment organisation in the field of specialised laboratory testing for thrombosis and haemostasis.
The external quality assessment programme of the ECAT Foundation distinguishes itself by the use of human and, if possible, patient-based plasma samples, offering a wide range of parameters, user-friendly web-based result submission forms, and clear and informative reports, which include state-of-the-art statistical evaluations. The ECAT Foundation offers these services for competitive prices.
The ECAT Foundation closely monitors diagnostic developments in the field of thrombosis and haemostasis with the purpose to further develop its external quality assessment programme.
The ECAT Foundation is an open and transparent organisation and as such aims for a high customer satisfaction and is open to suggestions from participants. Confidentiality of participant details is respected.
To support its core activity, external quality assessment in the field of thrombosis and haemostasis, the ECAT Foundation develops scientific projects, publishes scientific publications and organises educational activities (e.g. participant meetings, webinars, courses).
The ECAT Foundation pursues an open relationship with all their stakeholders (participants, distributors, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies and producers of plasma samples for external quality assessment purposes). The ECAT Foundation is also active in a number of international societies and organisations (e.g. SSC, ICSH, EQALM and EQATH).
The external quality assessment programme of the ECAT Foundation is accredited according to the ISO 17043:2010 standard.