The association Institut für Qualitätsmanagement in Medizinischen Laboratorien (INQUAM) promotes the principle of excellence and supports medical laboratories
on their way to the first step of the quality management system of the European Foundation for Quality Management “Committed to Excellence” with an adapted
matrix for self-evaluation of medical laboratories.
Point-of-care testing (POCT) enables health care personnel to perform laboratory medicine tests near the patient. The underlying technology and the range of test parameters available are evolving rapidly. Thus, a series of clinical applications are possible that can shorten the time for clinical decision-making about additional testing or therapy, as delays are no longer caused by preparation of clinical samples, transport, and central laboratory analysis.