In late 2019, Mr Ho-Hsun Chin (Angus) from the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation visited NATA to observe how Point of Care Testing (PoCT) accreditation is managed and assessed in Australia.
NATA arranged for Angus to accompany the assessment team to assess sites managed by NSW Health Pathology.
The NSW Health Pathology Managed PoCT service is a cooperation between NSW Health Pathology (NSWHP) and NSW Health Clinical Services through their Local Health Districts.
Due to the remote location of many of the sites, the assessments are performed by both on-site and remote activities. The use of remote activity allows the Technical Assessor and NATA Lead Assessor to view all the components that would be assessable if an on-site visit were to be conducted.
NATA thanks the assessment team and NSW Health Pathology for taking the time to share their PoCT knowledge freely with our visitor.
During his visit, Angus took some time out to experience Australiana with a visit to Taronga Zoo, see the life and cuisine in rural NSW, did some shopping in Melbourne and visited the NATA Melbourne office.