NIBSC are pleased to announce three events in the Standardisation of Gene Amplification Techniques (SoGAT) programme. The first, in May, this one day workshop in York is aimed at the UK infectious disease diagnostic community. This will be followed in June with our 27th International SoGAT workshop, which will be held in central London. Finally, keep an eye on this page for details of two webinars, the first of which will be a guide to the development and uses of different control materials that assure the quality of molecular diagnostic assays for infectious diseases.

Drawing on the success of the 2017 meeting, NIBSC are pleased to announce the 2018 workshop on Improving the Quality of Infectious Disease Diagnostics.

This year’s workshop will be held at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus in York on 17th May, and will comprise a mix of lectures from experts and interactive discussions. The workshop is focused towards the UK microbiology diagnostic laboratory.

Hot topics for 2018 will include addressing day to day challenges such as:

  • assessing the uncertainty of measurement in your assay system
  • what can we learn from EQA schemes?
  • laboratory experiences of working to ISO 15189
  • understanding validation and verification

As well as looking ahead to the impact of new technologies on patient diagnosis:

  • The challenges faced to assure data from point of care assays
  • Understanding the challenges for using NGS in a clinical setting

Who should attend:

This is a must attend workshop for senior Biomedical Scientists, Laboratory Managers, Quality Mangers, Point of Care coordinators, clinicians, EQA providers, assay manufacturers and regulators and anyone working in an infectious disease diagnostic setting.

Standardisation of Genomic Amplification Techniques Workshop

The SoGAT committee are pleased to announce the twenty-seventh SoGAT Workshop to be held in London on 11/12 June.

This year’s workshop will combine lectures from experts and round table discussions that address the challenges in standardisation of molecular diagnostic assays. The workshop format will encourage discussion and networking, providing delegates with the opportunity to share their experiences and exchange ideas in a collaborative style.

Topics for 2018 will include:

  • fundamental aspects of standardisation such as assessing candidate material
  • the challenges of validating different molecular methods
  • improving our understanding of commutability
  • statistical analysis of data from collaborative studies

The workshop will also investigate the need for and issues in developing standards for Tuberculosis, the requirements of the new molecular HPV screening program, observe recent trends with non-polio viruses and discuss whether the diagnostic community should be focusing on other markers of infection.

Who should attend:

This is an international event and is aimed at anyone working in the infectious disease diagnostic setting, from laboratory scientists, assay manufacturers (not just qPCR assays but also point of impact tests, NGS and dPCR) Reference Laboratories, EQA providers, to those in a regulatory setting.


For the first time NIBSC will be hosting two webinars throughout 18/19 addressing different aspects of standardisation, further details will be available shortly.

Individual registration for each event is required.

CPD credits will be applied for each event.


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    This is the agenda for the York event at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus

    17th May 2018

  • 09:15 - 10:00 - Registration and networking

  • 10:00 - Meeting start

  • 10:00 - Session 1: Lessons learned and forward thinking

    • Where are we heading?
    • A UKAS perspective – lessons learned, where can labs improve?
    • What can we learn from PTS data?

  • Refreshment Break

  • 11:30 - 13:00 - Session 2: The day to day stuff

    • Understanding your assay uncertainty
    • Validation and verification
    • Case studies: Laboratory experiences

  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

  • 14:00 - Session 3: New technology challenges

    • Point of care testing – new challenges ahead
    • Manufactures perspective of controlling POC assays.
    • Use of NGS in the diagnostic setting

  • Refreshment Break

  • 15:30 - 16:30 - Session 4: Ask the experts

    Round table discussion on all topics presented.

  • 16:30 - Meeting Close

    The agenda for the SoGAT event in London at etc. venues Victoria

    11 - 12 June 2018

  • Day 1
    10:30 - 11:00 - Registration and Networking

  • 11:00 - 13:00 - Session 1: Selection of candidate materials in the production of reference materials

    • What do plasmids tell us
    • Methods of characterisation
    • Using cell lines

  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

  • 14:00 - Session 2: Case studies: Standardising new areas, what needs to be done?

    (Break mid-session)

    HPV molecular screening

    What’s changing and what are the challenges

    Non polio enteroviruses

    Review of problem, what is being done?

    New challenges in TB diagnostics

    Point of care testing

  • 17:30 - End of Day One

  • Day 2
    08:00 - 08:30 - Registration and networking

  • 08:30 - Session 3: Reference material assessment: understanding different molecular methods

    • Can one reference material harmonise different methods
    • Comparisons of dPCR performance
    • Validation of point of care tests

  • Break

  • 11:00 - 13:00 - Session 4: Matrix matters – Commutability:

    • Can EQA schemes be used to assess commutability
    • Complexity of establishing an Adenovirus standard

  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

  • 14:00 - Session 5: Crunching the numbers - Statistical analysis

    • How is the International Unit derived for new and replacement standards
    • Understanding the calibration secondary standards

  • Break

  • 15:00 - 16:00 - Session 6: Ask the experts

    Technical discussion on materials to be presented to WHO Expert Committee in 2018 (delegates will have access to poster presentations on each material in advance of the meeting)

  • 16:00 - 16:30 - Session 7: A look to the future

    • Human biomarkers, what do they tell us

  • 16:30 - Close


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A coach service from NAFIC to York Station will depart at 16:45 and 17:00.

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York is on the East Coast mainline and is served by frequent trains to and from London. The journey time is approximately two hours. York is also served by direct rail services from many other cities in the UK.
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The journey time from York railway station to NAFIC is approximately 30 minutes. Local taxis may be contacted on +44 (0)1904 623332.
The journey time from Malton railway station to NAFIC takes approximately 20 minutes. Local taxis may be contacted on +44 (0)1653 696969.

By Air

The nearest airport to NAFIC is Leeds Bradford. As well as many direct international flights into Leeds Bradford, there are also internal flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter and Belfast airports.
The journey time from Leeds-Bradford Airport by road is around 50 minutes. A taxi to Leeds railway station will take around 30 minutes, then a further 30 minutes to York by train. For further information, visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk
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By Bus

Buses on several routes pass close to NAFIC on the A64:
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843 (Coastliner): Leeds - York - Scarborough
845 (Coastliner): Leeds - York – Bridlington
181 (Stephensons): York – Sheriff Hutton – Castle Howard
90 (Coastal and Country) (Wednesday only): Whitby – Malton - York

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Pimlico - Victoria line
Exit the underground following the left hand exit marked Bessborough Street North and Tate Gallery. Drummond Gate is the white building to the left as you approach street level. Continue along and around Bessborough Street into Drummond Gate - One Drummond Gate is on the left.

Victoria – Victoria line
Exit via the main concourse onto Victoria Square or Wilton Rd (exit 2). Turn Left onto Wilton Road for approx 10 yards. Turn Right onto Vauxhall Bridge Road heading towards the river for approx 1000 yards. Turn right into Drummond Gate where the entrance to One Drummond Gate is found on your right.

By Rail

Victoria station is also served by main line overland trains. (see ‘By Underground’). Vauxhall Station is located at the opposite end of Vauxhall Bridge, and is about a 15 minute walk

By Road

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By Bus

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