A brief history….
The CPQA-AQCP is one of the products of the evolution of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control (CIQC), originally founded by Drs. Emina Emilia Torlakovic and Blake Gilks in 2009, in response to the ever-changing landscape of diagnostic medical laboratory testing in Canadian and international laboratories. The other product is the Canadian Biomarker Quality Assurance – Programme canadien d’assurance de la qualité des biomarqueurs (CBQA-PCAB) that focuses on research, development, and quality assurance of emerging predictive/prognostic biomarkers. Both CPQA-AQCP and CBQA-PCAB continue to build on existing work to systematically monitor and improve the proficiency of medical laboratory testing across the country, facilitating participation by laboratories nationwide and internationally regardless of jurisdiction or existing accreditation requirements.