Easing Up of Waived Testing Requirements
TJC has revised one of the requirements for quality control checks for instrument based waived testing. Up until now, the standard had required that quality control checks be performed on the instrument each day that it was being used. (See WT.01.01.01 EP 4 in both the Hospital and Behavioral Health manuals.)
The revision eliminates the requirement to perform quality control checks on each day that the instrument is used. It allows for quality control checks per manufacturer's instructions. The new requirement reads as follows:
"For instrument-based waived testing, quality control checks are performed on each instrument used for (patient) testing per manufacturer's instructions."
This change is effective immediately and was announced in the July edition of TJC Perspectives on page 13.
Tip: if you want to take advantage of this change to the waived testing requirements, be sure to revise your current policy requiring testing on each day the instrument is used. If you don't revise your procedure to reflect the new, less stringent requirement, TJC will hold you to your own policy and you will be cited for non-compliance if you are not following it.
Note:For more information on the TJC waived testing requirements, see our February 2012 Newsletter article: 'Refresher on Waived Testing Requirements".