Scandinavian evaluation of laboratory equipment for primary health care, SKUP, is a co-operative commitment of Noklus in Norway, DEKS in Denmark, and Equalis in Sweden. SKUP was established in 1997 at the initiative of laboratory medicine professionals in the three countries. SKUP is led by a Scandinavian steering committee and the secretariat is located at Noklus in Bergen, Norway.
The purpose of SKUP is to improve the quality of near patient testing in Scandinavia by providing objective and supplier-independent information about analytical quality and user-friendliness of laboratory equipment. This information is generated by organising SKUP evaluations.
SKUP offers manufacturers and suppliers evaluations of equipment for primary healthcare and also of devices for self-monitoring. Provided the equipment is not launched onto the Scandinavian market, it is possible to have a confidential pre-marketing evaluation. The company requesting the evaluation pays the actual testing costs and receives in return an impartial evaluation.
There are general guidelines for all SKUP evaluations and for each evaluation a specific SKUP protocol is worked out in co-operation with the manufacturer or their representatives. SKUP signs contracts with the requesting company and the evaluating laboratories. The analytical results are assessed according to pre-set quality goals. To fully demonstrate the quality of a product, the end-users should be involved in the evaluations.
Each evaluation is presented in a SKUP report to which a unique report code is assigned. The code is composed of the acronym SKUP, the year the report was completed and a serial number. A report code, followed by an asterisk (*), indicates an evaluation with a more specific objective. The asterisk is explained on the front page of these protocols and reports.
SKUP reports are published at this website.
 Noklus (Norwegian Quality Improvement of Laboratory Examinations) is a national not for profit organisation offering activities for quality improvement to all medical laboratory services in Norway. Noklus was established in 1992 and is governed by a management committee consisting of representatives from the Norwegian Government, the Norwegian Medical Association and the Norwegian Society of Medical Biochemistry, with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) as observer.
 DEKS (Danish Institute for External Quality Assurance for Laboratories in Health Care) is a non-profit organisation owned by the Capital Region of Denmark on behalf of all other Regions in Denmark.
 Equalis AB (External quality assessment for clinical laboratory investigations in Sweden) is a limited company in Uppsala, Sweden, owned by “Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting” (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions), “Svenska Läkaresällskapet” (Swedish Society of Medicine) and IBL (Swedish Institute of Biomedical Laboratory Science).
Last modified: 2017-03-15