It can be difficult for users in primary health care to get good and objective information about equipment for office laboratories.
Scandinavian evaluation of laboratory equipment for primary health care, SKUP, is a co-operative commitment between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The purpose of SKUP is to improve the quality of near patient testing instruments by providing objective and supplier-independent information of analytical quality and user-friendliness in primary health care.
Much of the equipment used in primary care for e.g. measuring Haemoglobin, PT-INR, Glucose, CRP, Streptococci A and hCG has been tested and evaluated by SKUP. Several evaluations have been stopped due to poor quality of the equipment. The evaluations are published at www.skup.dk and www.skup.nu if the instrument is used in Scandinavia.
SKUP evaluations or other independent evaluations should ideally be present for all instruments/tests used in Scandinavia.