Overview and Ordering Information



Overview and Ordering Information


Since 1949, the AAB Proficiency Testing Service has made comprehensive external quality control programs available to every individual and clinical laboratory wishing to participate. Updated continuously since their inception, these programs meet the needs of evolving techniques and concepts in the modern laboratory.

Regulatory Agencies—The programs noted in the Analyte Index are approved by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS formerly HCFA), and accepted by Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), and all state agencies except New York (limited to their equivalent PT modules list) to satisfy proficiency testing requirements.

The College of American Pathologists has accepted AAB as an alternative proficiency testing (PT) provider. Be aware that the College of American Pathologists approves alternate PT providers on an analyte by analyte basis. Please review the analyte index on the following pages for specific College of American Pathologists accepted analytes. The most current list can be found at www.aab-pts.org. Please verify that you are choosing programs with the College of American Pathologists accepted analytes that you need to meet your College of American Pathologists PT requirements. This applies to laboratories being accredited by the College of American Pathologists. AAB is fully accepted by all other entities and accrediting agencies.

Results of each program are mailed to the participants within 21 days of the reporting deadline. Cumulative reports demonstrating performance of the past three testing events for CMS-graded analytes are also included. Participant statistics for the entire population of subscribers, segregated according to methodology for most constituents, are available online.

The programs are designed with the flexibility to satisfy the needs of all laboratories ranging from a one person specialty laboratory to an automated full service laboratory. We have structured our programs to conform to CLIA ‘88. We are aware of the economic impact of proficiency testing on the laboratory and we have strived to make our programs as economical as possible.

In selecting programs one should be aware of federal and state regulatory requirements. Any questions regarding appropriate programs should be addressed to your State Agency or CMS. As detailed further in this catalog, we are offering two basic types of programs:

• Five challenges per testing event which are required for all CMS graded analytes. These analytes are listed in BOLD in the catalog program description.

• One, two or three challenges per testing event which are not reported to CMS.

If for a regulated analyte, your laboratory changes mid-year from a non-waived to a waived method, or if the manufacturer is granted waived status, you must maintain enrollment in a five challenge program for any remaining non-waived tests in the subspecialty as per CMS regulations.

A confirmation of your subscription will be sent to you and to the proper regulatory authorities. Notify our office if your confirmation is not received within 21 days of order placement.

The only programs available are those listed. Special or modified programs cannot be furnished. If you do not perform analysis of a constituent included in our programs, simply do not submit results for that constituent. All specimens with human blood components, except those used in the Hepatitis Markers, HIV Markers & Oral HIV modules, are negative for HIV antibody, HCV antibody and HBsAg at the donor level.

Ordering Information

To place an order, go to our website at www.aab-pts.org to use our online ordering tool, or complete an order form and send it to our mailing address with one of the following:

1.  A check for the full amount of the order, or

2.  A purchase order with terms of advance payment or net 30 days (payment due 30 days from receipt of order), or

3.  Credit Card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard & Visa) information.

4.  Letter of authorization on company letterhead subject to same terms as purchase orders (payment due 30 days from receipt of order).

This is a prepaid subscription, thus, no orders will be processed without one of the above payment methods. Online orders will ONLY be accepted with credit cards and purchase orders.  Orders may be faxed if accompanied by a purchase order, credit card payment or letter of authorization.  The Annual Registration Fee of $95 is payable each year and is nonrefundable. Enrollment in previous years does not exempt payment of the registration fee.

Orders must be received by December 1, 2018. However, we recommend that orders be submitted as soon as possible to guarantee specimen availability.  Some programs have limited quantities available. Current participants may be subject to late fees for expedited processing when renewals are submitted past the enrollment deadline.

Attn: Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, US Territories and all Foreign participants – these participants will be surcharged for any costs above those normally incurred for delivery in the continental United States.  US Territories are not considered part of the continental United States.  If submitting a purchase order, please allow for the shipping surcharges.  For specific shipping surcharges, please contact our office by calling 800-234-5315 M-F, 8am-5pm Central Time, or email customerservice@aab-pts.org.  All payments are to be in US dollars.

Attn: US Government, State, County, or City Agencies – Programs are subscription products.  Please include this clause, if applicable, in your purchase order: “Amount claimed is recommended for payment in advance under the exemption from the provisions of 3 U.S. 530, stated in MP4, Part III, Paragraph 3.02.”

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