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

Analyte/Procedure Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Blood cell identification 10 Three shipments per year
Hematocrit 5
Hemoglobin 5
MCV, MCH, and MCHC 5
nRBC 5
Platelet count 5
Red blood cell count 5
White blood cell count 5
WBC differential 5

For second instrument reporting options, see the Quality Cross Check program FH3Q.

Program Information

  • Five 2.5-mL whole blood specimens with pierceable caps
  • Conventional and International System of Units (SI) reporting offered
  • Ten images, each available as photographs and online images
  • For method compatibility, see instrument matrix

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: January 24
  • Shipment B: May 2
  • Shipment C: September 19

Instrument FH and FHQ Series
  FH1 FH2 FH3 / FH3Q FH4 / FH4Q FH6Q FH9 / FH9Q FH10 FH13 FH16
Abbott Cell-Dyn® 1200, 1400, 1600, 1700, 1800, EmeraldTM                  
Horiba ABX 9000+, 9018+, 9020+                  
Sysmex K-series, KCP-1, KX-21/21N, pocH-100i, XP-series
CDS/Medonic M-series
Coulter® AcTTM, Diff/Diff 2 MD 2/8/10/16, ONYXTM, S880, S-plus V, ST, STKR, T-series
Drew Scientific DC-18, I-1800, DREW3, EXCELL 10/16/18
Horiba ABX Micros
Mindray BC-6000/BC-6200/BC-6800/BC-6800 Plus
Siemens ADVIA® 360
Abbott Cell-Dyn 3000, 3200, 3500, 3700, 4000, RubyTM, SapphireTM
Biosystems SA HA3/HA5
Abbott Cell-Dyn Emerald 22
Drew Scientific EXCELL 22, 2280
Orphee Mythic 18, 22 AL, 22 OT, 60
Siemens ADVIA 560
Siemens ADVIA 120, 120 w/SP1, 2120
Coulter Gen-STM, HmX, LH500, MaxMTM, MaxM A/L, STKS, VCSTM
Abbott Alinity hq, Sysmex XE-2100, XE-2100C, XE-2100D, XE-2100DC, XE-2100L, XE-5000, XE-AlphaN, XE-HST, XN-series (includes RL App), XN-L series, XS-500i, XS-800i, XS-1000i, XS-1000i-AL, XS-1000iC, XT-1800i, XT-2000i, XT-4000i, XE-2100D/L (Blood Center)
Coulter AcT 5 diff (AL, CP, OV)
DIRUI BF series
Horiba ABX Pentra 60, 80, 120, Horiba Pentra DF Nexus
Coulter LH750, LH755, LH780, LH785, UniCel DxH series (except DxH 500 series)
Coulter DxH 500 series

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