To ensure sample availability, we recommend that orders be placed by November 1 to enroll for the following year. However, AAFP-PT accepts new orders at any time. Module prices will be pro-rated for partial-year shipment. The annual registration fee is not pro-rated and is non-refundable.
AAFP-PT now offers online ordering! New customers create an account online and orders are placed through PT Central. We are here to assist you in using the new AAFP-PT ordering system. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 274-7911 if you need assistance.
Changes or cancellations to orders must be received at least four weeks prior to the event ship date to receive credit for that event. Credit will be issued based on the number of shipments remaining in the program year. All credits will be applied to the following year's proficiency testing order. If not order is placed for the following year, a refund check will be issued upon request at the end of the year.
The annual registration fee is not pro-rated and is non-refundable.
All changes and/or cancellations must be submitted directly to email@example.com.
AAFP-PT can provide samples for off-schedule or reinstatement testing based on sample availability. Pricing is based on a per-sample basis and payment is due at the time of order.
Complete the Off-schedule Testing Order Form (252 KB PDF) to initiate your order. Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (800) 274-7911 for assistance.
Samples will normally ship the first Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after payment is received and will be delivered within 2-3 business days. Typical turnaround time for evaluations is seven to 10 business days after receipt of results. In addition, a copy of your evaluation report will automatically be sent to your state CLIA agency and/or COLA.
AAFP-PT accepts payment by check or credit card. Checks should be mailed to:
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211
Please call (800) 274-7911 to make a credit card payment.
Email email@example.com or call (800) 274-7911. Please have your AAFP-PT ID number and the invoice number available when you call.
AAFP-PT shipments will be sent to your laboratory three times per year. Please refer to our Shipment Schedule for the current shipping dates. Participants will be notified by email when a shipment is enroute.
All modules will ship together via a 2-day shipping service. A signature of receipt will be required on delivery.
It is the participant’s responsibility to know when kits are due to arrive. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 274-7911 if your kit has not arrived as scheduled.
Proficiency testing samples are manufactured specimens and are designed to be stable during shipping. Refrigerate samples overnight upon receipt and then return to room temperature before testing.
Damaged, missing or defective samples will be replaced at no charge. Samples that cannot be tested due to laboratory error will be sent as paid replacements.
Click on each module name on your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com), then click the resulting link to view instructions.
Follow these steps to request a replacement sample:
These samples will be charged with a replacement fee.
Laboratory accidents that result in personnel exposure to testing materials should be reported to AAFP-PT promptly. The exposed individual should follow the standard biohazard protocols for your facility.
The deadline to submit results is printed on the packing slip that accompanies each shipment and can also be found on the shipment schedule. It is the responsibility of the participant to know when results are due. The website closes for results entry at midnight CT on the due date. Late results will not be accepted.
Log in to PT Central(www.pt-central.com) using your assigned username and password. This information is printed on the packing slip that accompanies each shipment. It can also be found on all previous evaluation reports and email correspondence sent from email@example.com.
The Data Submission Report is your documentation of all submitted results. Follow these steps to create the report:
Under CLIA 88 regulations, AAFP-PT is not permitted to accept results after the event closes. Participants who fail to submit results on time should retain their results and conduct a self-grading by comparing these results to the acceptable results, which will be provided on your Evaluation Report.
Evaluations are typically available approximately 30 days after each testing event deadline. You will receive an email notification when your evaluation is ready to view.
Follow these steps to view or create a report:
All PT evaluations should be reviewed by the laboratory director. Any failing scores require investigation to determine the cause of the failure. A corrective action plan should be developed and implemented to prevent future failures. Refer to the AAFP-PT Handbook(1 MB PDF) for more information on reviewing your evaluation and corrective action plans.
If you find an error on your evaluation report submit a Corrected Evaluation form(1 page PDF) within 30 days of receiving your evaluation report. The request form is also located on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
NOTE: AAFP-PT is unable to correct failures caused by clerical or data-entry errors by the participant. Review your data carefully before submitting your results.
Four units of PACE® continuing education credit are available to all staff members of laboratories currently enrolled in AAFP-PT. Credit is obtained by reading the online publication, the POL Insight, and completing the associated quiz. The POL Insight and quizzes can be accessed by clicking the Continuing Education link on the left side of your PT Central home page(www.pt-central.com).
|Calibration and Calibration Verification||2 years|
|Discontinued Procedures||2 years|
|Equipment Maintenance and Function Checks
|Method Performance Validation and Specifications||2 years after discontinuation method|
|Proficiency Testing Evaluations and Corrective Action
|Proficiency Testing Results (lab worksheets, instrument printouts, data submission reports)
|PT Attestation Statement
|Quality Control Records and Reports (daily QC records)||2 years|
|Remedial Action - errors in reported patient results (both the original and corrected report)
According to CLIA, the Laboratory Medical Director, as stated on the CLIA license, is responsible for the overall operation of the laboratory. The Laboratory Medical Director is ultimately responsible even if responsibilities are delegated. He/She must ensure that all the duties are properly performed, staff competencies are met, and applicable CLIA regulations are followed. It is the Director’s responsibility to ensure that the laboratory develops and uses a quality system approach to laboratory testing that provides accurate and reliable patient test results.
The Medical Director's duties include, but are not limited to:
For further information, visit CMS CLIA website and see “The Interpretative Guidelines for Laboratories.”