A multi-laboratory assessment of congenital thrombophilia assays performed on the ACL TOP 50 family for harmonisation of thrombophilia testing in a large laboratory network

Clin Chem Lab Med. 2021 Jun 14;59(10):1709-1718. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2021-0499. Print 2021 Sep 27.


Objectives: Thrombophilia testing is commonly performed within hemostasis laboratories, and the ACL TOP 50 family of instruments represent a new 'single platform' of hemostasis instrumentation. The study objective was to evaluate these instruments and manufacturer reagents for utility of congenital thrombophilia assays.

Methods: Comparative evaluations of various congenital thrombophilia assays (protein C [PC], protein S [PS], antithrombin [AT], activated protein C resistance [APCR]) using newly installed ACL TOPs 550 and 750 as well as comparative assessments with existing, predominantly STAGO, instrumentation and reagents. Verification of manufacturer assay normal reference ranges (NRRs).

Results: HemosIL PC and free PS assays showed good comparability with existing Stago methods (R>0.9) and could be considered as verified as fit for purpose. HemosIL AT showed high relative bias with samples from patients on direct anti-Xa agents, compromising utility. Manufacturer NRRs for PC, PS and AT were verified with minor variance. Given the interference with direct anti-Xa agents, an alternate assay (Hyphen) was evaluated for AT, and the NRR also verified. The HemosIL Factor V Leiden (APC Resistance V) evidenced relatively poor performance compared to existing assays, and could not be adopted for use in our network.

Conclusions: This evaluation of HemosIL reagents on ACL TOP 50 family instruments identified overall acceptable performance of only two (PC, free PS) of four thrombophilia assays, requiring use of third-party reagents on ACL instruments for the other two assays (AT, APCR).

Keywords: activated protein C resistance (APCR); antithrombin; laboratory testing; protein C; protein S; thrombophilia assays; verification.

MeSH terms

  • Activated Protein C Resistance*
  • Blood Coagulation Tests
  • Factor V / analysis
  • Humans
  • Laboratories
  • Protein C / analysis
  • Thrombophilia* / diagnosis


  • Protein C
  • Factor V