The ECAT Foundation is an independent and impartial organisation with the objective to provide an international External Quality Assessment Programme (EQAP) for laboratories working in the field of haemostasis and thrombosis.

The ECAT (External quality Control of diagnostic Assays and Tests) provides this international external quality control programme since 1994. It was started as a small-scale quality control programme only in Western Europe. Today more than 1650 laboratories from over 50 different countries are participating in this worldwide programme.

Our primary aim is to contribute to quality assessment and improvement of clinical laboratories operating within the field of thrombosis and haemostasis with respect to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The ECAT Foundation is based in The Netherlands but provides EQAP for assays and tests in the field of thrombosis and haemostasis on an international scale. The programme is open for every laboratory providing services in the mentioned discipline.

In 2019 the ECAT programme includes 31 modules for regular laboratory tests, 1 module for case studies and 1 electronic module for the pre- and post-analytical phase and a quality control programme for the CoaguChek INR monitors. Via ECAT also 2 interpretative electronic modules on platelet testing of the NASCOLA (United States) are provided as well as 14 modules for molecular biology provided by the DGKL (Germany).

We look forward to welcome you in our external quality assessment programme.