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POC Competency Challenges are designed to improve waived test results. These programs will evaluate instrument and method performance, troubleshoot, assess staff competency, and provide information to train staff. 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).

Program Name Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Plasma Cardiac Markers Competency 10 Shipments available upon request

Program Information

  • One 1.5‑mL plasma specimen (two vials) compatible with plasma-based tests, such as Alere Triage® and i‑STAT® instruments
  • Each program provides material to test up to 10 staff

Shipping Information

  • May be purchased any time during the year