Scottish Cutaneous Porphyria Service achieves prestigious accreditation status

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The Scottish Cutaneous Porphyria Service (SCPS) is celebrating after achieving prestigious accreditation status for its biochemistry examinations. This will assist in the clinical investigation of cutaneous porphyria.

The laboratory can now offer a fully accredited clinical investigation programme for the diagnosis and monitoring of the rare cutaneous porphyria diseases for the whole of Scotland, which complements the clinical management from the Scottish Photobiology Service. A copy of the scope of accreditation can be obtained from the UKAS website.

Head of Scientific Services for the Scottish Photobiology Service Dr Ewan Eadie said “I am immensely proud of both the SCPS team and Medical Physics Quality Assurance team.

“They have given everything to achieve this accreditation and are formally recognised for the exceptionally high quality service they deliver. Clinicians throughout Scotland are able to access this highly specialist laboratory service if they suspect a cutaneous porphyria.”

The Scottish Cutaneous Porphyria Service, as part of the Scottish Photobiology Service,is a National Specialist Service that was established in 1972 to meet the needs of patients in Scotland with suspected skin light sensitivity diseases. It is commissioned by National Services Division (NSD) on behalf of Scottish Government and NHS Boards.

The service is provided through the Photobiology Unit, based in the Dermatology Department at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, and hosted by NHS Tayside Health Board.

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