Point Of Care Testing 

Point of care testing (POCT) refers to a laboratory medicine service using small analytical devices (including test kits and analysers), provided near to the patient rather than in the traditional environment of a clinical laboratory.

The National Near-Patient Testing (NPT) Consultative Group have been revising the Irish National Near-Patient Testing Guidelines over the past two years. Due to the unique circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, a final Beta-Version was released on April 20, 2020 in the interests of having an updated authoritative guideline available and to provide an opportunity for early feedback.

 

Further updates are now included in this version released on April 21, 2021 (linked below) which is valid until April 21, 2022.