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Online training and competence assessment module for the receipt of samples and interpretation of results for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing, associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Aim and Scope

The aim is to deliver an online training and competence assessment resource for the receipt of samples and interpretation of results for  SARS-CoV-2 virus testing, associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) by the UK NEQAS EQA Provider, GenQA (Genomics Quality Assessment).
This is an educational assessment only.


Individual participation is free.


Individual online user accounts with usernames and passwords will be generated for participants.
Participants will have a choice of modules to:

  •  Determine the correct level of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required for unpacking and processing of potentially active viral samples.
  • Determine whether samples are suitable for receipt and testing.
  • Troubleshooting of received samples e.g. dealing with leaking specimens
  • Interpretation of test results e.g. positive (SARS-CoV-2 virus detected), negative (SARS-CoV-2 virus not detected) or sample failed/result invalid/retest required.

The completion of the modules and the score obtained will be reported to the individual’s line manager. There will be no monitoring of scores and performance by GenQA. GenQA will provide instructions for all aspects of the EQA to participants.


All individuals who work in a laboratory receiving and processing SARS-CoV-2 samples for testing. This assessment is primarily aimed at non-NHS laboratory staff.

Online Assessment using G-TACT

This resource is delivered using the GenQA ‘Genomics Training, Assessment and Competency Tool’ (GTACT), supported by Certus Technology. This tool is web-based and can be accessed from any global location, therefore there are no limits to the number of participants. This module will be referred to as GTACT COVID-19.

Participation Process

All participants will receive full instructions via email. Secure website access to GTACT will be provided.
Participants will participate in one or more scenarios dependent upon their role in the
On completion of the assessment, participants will receive their scores.
Line managers will receive an email indicating detailing the participant’s participation to confirm competency as determined by the module completed or to aid the identification of any unmet training need.


GenQA ( is part of the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS), and the GTACT assessment is provided by NHS Lothian hosting GenQA. GenQA is located within:
Laboratory Medicine
NHS Lothian
NINE, Edinburgh BioQuarter
Little France Road
Edinburgh, EH16 4UX

Additional Information

This assessment is provided in English only.
Participant assessment and individual data remain confidential between participants, their line manager and GenQA. GenQA will not share any identifiable data with any third parties.
Participant details and participation will be held on the GenQA website for a maximum of two years. All details will then be deleted.

GDPR statement

At GenQA we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the EQAs and services you have requested from us. By registering with GenQA, you consent to The Terms and Conditions outlined in the
Participants’ Manual  and to GenQA holding and processing your data in accordance with the provisions of current data protection law.
Disclaimer: GenQA does not accept any responsibility for ensuring the training or competence of individuals completing the GTACT COVID-19 assessment.

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