Our story and The Board of Noklus

In the years leading up to 1992 there was an increasing concern in Norway that point-of-care (POC) laboratory tests were performed with poor analytical quality. As a result Noklus was established in 1992 by The Norwegian Medical Association, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) and the Ministry of Health and Care Services to improve all elements in the total testing process in primary health care.

In 2017 Noklus merged with the "Norwegian Clinical Chemistry EQA program" - the organization responsible for providing external quality assessment (EQA) schemes to hospital laboratories. Since then Noklus has been targeting both primary and secondary health care.

The services we offer to GP practices are funded by the Norwegian Medical Association through a quality improvement fund. Other participants like nursing homes, home care and hospital laboratories pay a participant fee.

The Board of Noklus consists 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.