Bio-Rad Laboratories launches the EQAS Blood Gas Program


HERCULES, CA – February 20, 2013 — Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostics products today announced the release of its External Quality Assurance Service (EQAS) Blood Gas Program.

The EQAS Blood Gas Program is an external quality assessment (EQA) program that is designed for the quantitative measurement of blood gas, electrolytes, glucose, lactate, and magnesium.

The way in which the program works is one of 12 samples are tested each month throughout a one-year cycle. Test results are then presented as a monthly report that is either posted online or sent directly to participants. The report includes informative statistical analyses and valuable peer group comparisons. A comprehensive End-of-Cycle Report provides an overall assessment of bias over the entire cycle. Registered EQAS participants may access their reports online at QCNet™ (

As a provider of proficiency testing (PT) programs, Bio-Rad offers fully accredited PT/EQA programs in chemistry (serum and urine), immunoassay, therapeutic drugs, hemoglobin, and hematology.

For more information, please contact your local Bio-Rad representative or read more about the EQAS Blood Gas Program on our website at

About Bio-Rad 
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) has remained at the center of scientific discovery for 60 years, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 100,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs over 7,100 people globally and had revenues exceeding $2 billion in 2011. For more information, visit

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For more information contact:
Azita Mokhtari, Product Manager
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.