The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a framework for the provision of appropriate local arrangements for point-of-care testing (POCT) and to protect patients and staff. The guideline provides information and suggestions for good laboratory practice and for producing reliable results, regardless of where the test is performed. POCT may be defined as any analytical test performed for a patient by a healthcare worker outside the laboratory setting.

Declaration of Interests

The BSH paid the expenses incurred during the writing of this guidance. None of the authors had conflicts of interest to declare. All authors have made a declaration of interests to the BSH and Task Force Chairs which may be viewed on request.