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Virology Proficiency Testing Program

Virology PT Program

Program Contacts:

Jennifer Laplante
Deborah Rusinko

Telephone: 518-474-4177
Email: virologypt@health.ny.gov

Mailing Address:

Virology Proficiency Testing Program
David Axelrod Institute
NYS Department of Health
PO Box 22002
Albany, NY 12201-2002

News Archive

  • The September 2013 Molecular Influenza Proficiency Test Panel will contain five samples.
    Attention laboratories that perform direct antigen detection testing for rotavirus using the Meridian Bioscience ImmunoCard STAT! Rotavirus kit, please note the change in instructions for using this kit with New York State Proficiency test samples. The new instructions state, "Add one drop of diluent (supplied in the test kit) directly to the Sample Port of the device and then immediately add 150 µL of proficiency test sample to the Sample Port." A separate cryovial of Additive will no longer be included with the New York State Rotavirus test panel.
  • The Virology Proficiency Testing Program is expanding its program to include a panel for molecular influenza beginning in January 2013.  Molecular methods for influenza testing are now in use in numerous laboratories throughout New York State.  Measures of proficiency must be in place to ensure accurate processing and testing of samples and to satisfy regulatory requirements.  This panel will consist of 10 samples containing seasonal influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2), pandemic 2009 H1N1, influenza B virus, and negative virus samples.  The panel will be shipped on January 16, 2013 on dry ice, to NYS-permitted laboratories that perform molecular testing for influenza viruses.  Performance of the molecular influenza PT by these laboratories is required.  Proficiency test results must be submitted through the Electronic Proficiency Test Reporting System (EPTRS) by February 1, 2013.  If your laboratory is not already set-up for electronic reporting, please contact EPTRS at clepeptrs@health.state.ny.us  or (518) 486-5410 as soon as possible to initiate the process for establishing a reporting account, as electronic result reporting is mandatory.  

  • Beginning in September 2010, the Virology Proficiency Testing Program will no longer supply worksheets or instruction sheets in the shipping boxes which contain proficiency test panels.
    Instruction sheets and optional generic worksheets can be found here: Virology Proficiency Worksheets
    Worksheets can also be printed via the Health Commerce System (HCS): https://commerce.health.state.ny.us.
    Please do not return worksheets to us.
  • The January 2010 Influenza A and B direct antigen detection panel will contain two EDUCATIONAL SAMPLES.
    It is not mandatory that you test these samples. Your responses for these samples can be entered in EPTRS. The Evaluation Report will list your laboratory's result, a feedback response (correct vs. incorrect) as well as the consensus response. These educational samples will not be included in your final grade. Please notify staff about these additional samples.
  • The September 2009 panel will contain one EDUCATIONAL SAMPLE.
    It is not mandatory that you test this sample-it is an optional sample.

    Your response for this sample can be entered in EPTRS. The Evaluation Report will list your laboratory’s result, a feedback response (correct vs. incorrect) as well as the consensus response. This educational sample will not be included in your final grade. Please notify staff about this additional sample.
  • The NYS Virology Proficiency Testing laboratory will be re-located during the month of October 2009. Our mailing address will remain the same. However, we will have new phone and fax numbers. You will receive further information about new contact numbers as soon as it is available. We would also like to inform you that the Virology PT shipping schedule for 2010 may have slight differences than in the past.
  • Important Notice Regarding All May 2009 Virology Proficiency Test Panels: Due to the current situation with the swine-like influenza outbreak, the due dates for all PT results have been extended.
    More information is available here.
    (PDF file size: 18K )
  • NOTE: New York State Direct Antigen Detection proficiency test samples are not compatible with immunofluorescent detection methods. Laboratories using these methods are advised to perform alternative testing procedures - April/2009.
  • The September 2008 General Proficiency Test panel will include one Educational Sample. It is not mandatory that you test this sample-it is an optional sample. Your response for this sample can be entered in EPTRS. The Evaluation Report will list your laboratory's result, a feedback response (correct vs. incorrect) as well as the consensus response. However, the result on this educational sample will not be included in your final grade. Please notify staff about this additional sample.
  • Generic worksheets will be provided for your optional use. Please do not return these worksheets to us. Generic worksheets can also be printed via the HPN (https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/doh3/applinks/eptrs/).
  • Your laboratory's Evaluation Report is available at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/doh3/applinks/eptrs/ and can be printed for your records. Evaluation Reports will NO LONGER be sent to each laboratory.
  • The NYSDOH Virology Proficiency Testing Program has incorporated changes that will affect your facility. The highlights of these changes include:
    • Effective immediately, the Herpes Group Virus Only (HGVO) proficiency test panel has been eliminated from the Virology Proficiency Testing Program. This issue was addressed in the October 26, 2007 HGVO critique letter. Beginning in January 2008, facilities that received the previously named Herpes Group Virus Only panel will receive the Herpes simplex virus test panel. This panel will include samples of herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2 and will NOT include cytomegalovirus or varicella zoster virus samples. The facility must make alternative arrangements for proficiency testing of CMV and VZV to meet the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) QA Standard 8. Please refer to the CLEP website for the 2008 Proficiency Testing Program schedule for shipment dates for the HSV Testing panel. We ask that you share this information with appropriate staff members.
    • Individual score sheets will no longer be sent to each facility after a PT event. Scores can be accessed through the Electronic Proficiency Testing Reporting System (EPTRS) on the HPN.
    • General permit laboratories, beginning in January 2007, will also be participating in Rotavirus, Respiratory syncytial virus and Influenza A and B Direct Antigen Detection proficiency testing in addition to the Virology General panel. General labs, based on their July 2006 survey responses, will be receiving multiple panels sent in separate boxes on different days.
    • The Virology PT Program is now using the Electronic Proficiency Testing Reporting System (EPTRS). Participation in EPTRS is now mandatory. Laboratories must submit test results electronically for all events. The due date is no longer a postmark date and is the same date as the deadlines for electronic submissions. If your facility needs assistance or has questions regarding the entry and submission of proficiency test results or the account application process, please contact clepeptrs@health.state.ny.us
    • The former Direct Antigen Detection subcategory, Influenza A, has been renamed Influenza A and B. This subcategory has been expanded to include influenza A and influenza B beginning in January 2007. Please note, for laboratories performing influenza rapid testing with kits that only detect influenza virus type A, their results will be scored solely on the basis of their detection of influenza A.
    • There is no longer a herpes simplex virus Direct Antigen Detection subcategory. Herpes simplex virus only testing has been placed in the category Herpes Group Virus Only-limited to HSV testing.
    • Generic worksheets will be provided for your use. These worksheets are optional. Please do not return worksheets to us.