Objectives: To evaluate the analytical performance of the Bio-Rad Variant II HbA(1c) dual kit assay.
Design and methods: Precision, carryover, linearity and analytical range were investigated. 139 patients' HbA(1c) results analyzed by the Variant II were compared to the Variant I method. 49 blood samples analyzed by the Variant II at Toronto Medical Laboratories (TML) were compared to the Variant II at Hospital for Sick Children (HSC).
Results: Total imprecision was less than 2% for the Variant II assay. The method had a wide analytical range with no carryover. HbA(1c) results were not changed after switching back and forth from the beta thalassemia to HbA(1c) assay. The Variant II showed an average of 0.0027 negative bias compared to the Variant I method. There was an average of 0.0020 negative bias for HbA(1c) results on the Variant II at TML compared to the Variant II at HSC.
Conclusions: HbA(1c) analysis on the Variant II HbA(1c) dual kit is a relatively fast and reproducible method.