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Analytes/procedures in bold type are regulated for proficiency testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Analyte Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Antinuclear antibody (ANA)* 5 Three shipments per year
ANA dry challange 1 Three shipments per year

*ANA is a regulated analyte and is graded for both qualitative and quantitative methods. Only qualitative results will be reported to CMS. Semiquantitative and/or titer results for this analyte are ungraded/educational in this Survey and do not meet regulatory requirements.

Program Information

  • Five 0.5‑mL serum specimens
  • Conventional and International System of Units (SI) reporting offered
  • Three educational pattern interpretation dry challenges per year

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: March 22
  • Shipment B: August 16
  • Shipment C: November 15