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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/Shipment Number of Shipments
DNA testing (PCR) 4 Three shipments per year
Calculation challenge (paper challenge) 1

Program Information

  • Four samples per mailing: Two shipments of mother and child specimens on blood-stained filter paper with buccal swabs for two potential fathers; one shipment with all four specimens on blood-stained filter paper
  • Reporting for short tandem repeats (STRs), X-STRs, Y-STRs, as well as the conclusions provided

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: March 11
  • Shipment B: July 9
  • Shipment C: September 16