The American Society of Dermatopathology

2019 Immunofluorescence Proficiency Testing (Indirect testing only)

   Spring Program Registration
    Registration is now closed.

   Fall Program Registration
   Registration is now closed.

*Please note that auto registration is not available and you must register for each program and term that you would like to participate in.


Testing is open to laboratory directors, dermatopathologists, dermatologists and pathologists.


This program is concerned with the quality of indirect immunofluorescence testing of sera for detection of circulating IgG anti-basement membrane zone and anti-intercellular (cell surface) antibodies. The participating physician or laboratory director receives five serum samples and must process these to determine the presence and titer of circulating antibodies using an indirect immunofluorescence technique with monkey esophagus as a substrate and other substrates if desired. The participant records the results including pattern and the titer. Each participant returns the recorded results to Beutner Labs, Inc. The results of all laboratories in the same testing event are number coded, compiled and summarized for quality review. Beutner Labs, Inc. provides this service in cooperation with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo. Following completion of specimen tests from Beutner Labs, Inc. participants receive number coded summaries of all participants' results. A certificate is awarded to each laboratory participating in the program.
Results of the Spring and Fall Immunofluorescence Proficiency Testing can be used toward addressing the College of American Pathologists (CAP) alternative assessment requirements and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
All participants must register every year for each program. Program participation is not automatic.

Registration Fees

ASDP Member: $150 per program
Non-member: $200 per program

No refunds after testing materials are shipped.

Registration Deadline

Spring Program: March 1, 2019
Fall Program: September 1, 2019

General Information

For general information contact ASDP
Phone: +1-847-686-2231
Fax: +1-847-686-2251

For questions relating to slides/specimens or the content of the program, contact:

Richard W. Plunkett, PhD
Beutner Labs, Inc.
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: +1-716-838-0549
Fax: +1-716-838-0798