Proficiency Testing Programs

The Virology Quality Assurance program, started in 1988 has developed and standardized quality control procedures for approximately 25 virologic assays used in NIAID-sponsored clinical trials. The purpose of the VQA program is to provide virologic proficiency testing panels and real-time assay run controls to laboratories performing analysis on samples from NIAID-sponsored clinical studies. The VQA program is integral  to the integrity of on-going and future studies concerning HIV diagnosis, disease progression, assessment of treatments, vaccine efficacy and other preventative measures.