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The aim and organisation of SKUP
The aim of SKUP
The aim of SKUP is to improve the quality of near patient testing in Scandinavia by providing objective and supplier-independent information about analytical quality and user-friendliness of point of care measuring systems. This information is generated by organising SKUP evaluations.
SKUP har som formål at forbedre kvaliteten af patientnære analyser i Skandinavien ved at fremskaffe objektiv og leverandøruafhængig information om analysekvalitet og brugervenlighed af patientnært måleudstyr. Dette gøres ved at organisere SKUP-afprøvninger.
SKUP’s syfte är att förbättra kvaliteten på patientnära analyser i Skandinavien genom att ta fram objektiv och leverantörsoberoende information om analytisk kvalitet och användarvänlighet hos laboratorieutrustningar. Detta görs genom att organisera SKUP-utprövningar.
SKUP har som formål å forbedre kvaliteten på pasientnær analysering i Skandinavia ved å fremskaffe objektiv og leverandøruavhengig informasjon om analytisk kvalitet og brukervennlighet til pasientnært laboratorieutstyr. Dette gjøres ved å organisere SKUP-utprøvinger.
Organisation of SKUP
Scandinavian evaluation of laboratory equipment for point of care testing, SKUP, is a co-operative commitment between DEKS1 in Denmark, Equalis2 in Sweden and Noklus3 in Norway. SKUP was established in 1997 at the initiative of laboratory medicine professionals in the three countries. SKUP is led by a Scandinavian steering committee, and the secretariat is located at Noklus in Bergen, Norway.
The purpose of SKUP is to improve the quality of near patient testing in Scandinavia by providing objective and supplier-independent information about analytical quality and user-friendliness of point of care measuring systems. This information is generated by organising SKUP evaluations.
SKUP offers manufacturers and suppliers evaluations of measuring systems for point of care use. Provided the equipment is not launched in the Scandinavian market, it is possible to have a confidential pre-marketing evaluation. The company requesting the evaluation pays the evaluation costs and receives in return an impartial evaluation of their system.
There are general guidelines for all SKUP evaluations, and for each evaluation, a specific SKUP protocol is worked out by SKUP and accepted by the requesting company before the evaluation begins. SKUP signs contract with the company requesting the evaluation. The analytical results are assessed according to pre-set performance specifications. In order to fully demonstrate the quality of a product, end-users are involved in the evaluations.
Each evaluation is presented in a SKUP report, to which a unique report code is assigned. The code is composed of the acronym SKUP, the year the report was completed and a serial number.
SKUP reports are published and available at SKUPS website.
1 DEKS (Danish Institute for External Quality Assurance for Laboratories in the Health Sector) is a non-profit organisation owned by the Capital Region of Denmark on behalf of all other Regions in Denmark.
2 Equalis AB (External quality assessment in laboratory medicine in Sweden) is a limited, and not for profit, company in Uppsala, Sweden, owned by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, the Swedish Society of Medicine and the Swedish Institute of Biomedical Laboratory Science.
3 Noklus (Norwegian Organization for Quality Improvement of Laboratory Examinations) is a national not for profit organisation governed by a management committee consisting of representatives from the Norwegian Government, the Norwegian Medical Association and the Norwegian Society of Medical Biochemistry, with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) as observer.