Norwegian Quality Improvement of laboratory examinations (Noklus) is a national not for profit organization with headquarters in Bergen. Our laboratory consultants and medical specialists are based at local hospitals throughout the country. We aim to ensure that all laboratory examinations that are ordered, performed and interpreted will safeguard the patients’ needs for investigation, treatment and follow-up. Noklus offers services to all Norwegian GP surgeries, hospital laboratories, nursing homes and other health care institutions.
Noklus was established in 1992 and all the services we offer to GP offices are funded by the Norwegian Medical Association through a quality improvement fund.
As of 2017 Norwegian Quality Improvement of Primary Health Care Laboratories (Noklus) and Norwegian Clinical Chemistry EQA Program (NKK) has merged into one organization, and we changed our name to "Norwegian Quality Improvement of laboratory examinations (Noklus).
Noklus is governed by a management committee consisting of representatives from the Norwegian Government, the Norwegian Medical Association and the Norwegian Society of Medical Biochemistry. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) has an observer role in the committee.
In 2007, a government funded project was initiated, which offered all nursing homes in Norway two years free subscription to Noklus' services. On completion of the project most nursing homes opted to continue as paying subscribers to our services.
We provide guidance and tuition through site visits, telephone, email, consultations and courses. Noklus offers access to internal quality control procedures and schemes as well as reports compiled on the basis of data based on data excerpts from medical records.
All Noklus participants are offered access to our external quality assessment (EQA) programme. Our objective is to offer EQAs for all examinations that are carried out by at least 50 of our participants. We advise on the selection of control material and on the choice of methods.
Noklus is certified according to ISO 9001:2008 by Nemko. We are in the process of seeking accreditation under ISO/IEC 17043:2010.
For more information, please contact us:
PO Box 6165
NO 5892 Bergen
Telephone: +47 55979500
Fax: +47 55979510