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Independent internal quality control (IQC) for faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) for haemoglobin: use of FIT manufacturers’ IQC for other FIT systems

Carolyn Piggott ORCID logo, Zinab Shugaa and Sally C. Benton ORCID logo

Acknowledgements

We thank the FIT system manufacturers and suppliers (HM-JACKarc: Hitachi Chemical Diagnostics Systems Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan and Alpha Laboratories Ltd, Eastleigh, UK; NS-Prime: Alfresa Pharma, Osaka, Japan and Abbott, Maidenhead, UK; OC-SENSOR PLEDIA: Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan and Mast Diagnostics Division, Bootle, UK; SENTiFIT 270: Sentinel Diagnostics, Milan, Italy and Sysmex UK Ltd., Milton Keynes, UK) for supplying the analysers and consumables.

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Ethical approval: The local Institutional Review Board deemed the study exempt from review.

  5. Conflicts of interest: None.

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Received: 2020-03-09
Accepted: 2020-05-12
Published Online: 2020-05-29
Published in Print: 2021-02-23

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