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2018 11 19 IFCC Call for Nominations

11/20/2018


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2018 11 14 IFCC General Conference in Budapest

11/14/2018

The IFCC General Conference "Laboratory medicine: Preparing for the 2020’s” held in Budapest on 10 and 11 November 2018 provided an excellent environment for IFCC officers and National and Corporate representatives to meet and discuss present activities and projects, and to plan and decide on future actions of the organisation. A focus on progresses and trends, an opportunity to understand and invest in the value of laboratory medicine, and an opportunity to continue to work together to advance excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide.
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2018 11 06 - eJIFCC Vol 29 n°1

11/08/2018

The third issue of eJIFCC for 2018 is now available. It is composed of articles focused on topics discussed at the conference entitled “Laboratory medicine: Meeting the needs of the Mediterranean nations”. The conference was held this year in Rome between July 2-4, with professor Sergio Bernardini as the Conference President. The current issue is part one of a two-part series, and contains articles covering three sections of the conference: • Transmissible diseases in the Mediterranean area; • Training and education in laboratory medicine; • Improving health with emerging technologies
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2018 11 01 IFCC eNews No 10 Nov 2018

11/02/2018

eNews November issue is now available. It opens with a reflection on the evolving digital era and ethics, followed by the announcement of the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Award, where IFCC is one of the partners, and the presentation of AACC Learning Lab for Laboratory Medicine on NEJM Knowledge+. A report on a VLP in the Philippines, latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations and the calendar of Congresses close the issue. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities and news in the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 10 10 IFCC eNews No 9 Oct 2018

10/06/2018

The October issue of eNews is now available. A portrait of Dr Michael Metz, who passed away on 2 October, opens the issue. It is followed by a focus on C-CLM activities: a presentation of the Educational workshop on leadership and management held at PathCape 2018, and C-CLM survey results on laboratory leadership. An obituary for Prof Ian Wootton, the seventh article in a series about the CCTC, and a reflection on migrants, refugees and lab medicine follow. The issue is closed by the latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations and the calendar of Congresses. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities and news in the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 10 04 DiV - Octubre 2018

10/08/2018

Enjoy the contents of the new DIAGNÓSTICO IN VITRO October issue! El Consejo Editorial del DIV ha elaborado para todos un nuevo número de la Revista Diagnóstico in Vitro, con el objeto de mantenerlos informados de los eventos, noticias, artículos científicos y publicaciones que se producen en el ámbito del Laboratorio Clínico.
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2018 10 02 Dr Michael Metz

10/03/2018

The IFCC is deeply sad to announce that Dr Michael Metz passed away around midnight last night at St Andrews hospital (AU). Michael was a major influence in Paediatric Laboratory Medicine internationally through his work with the IFCC TF PLM and ICPLM. A dual fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, he was also valuable contributor to AACB both at the SA/NT Branch, and at National levels. Despite his illness, Michael continued to actively contribute to the AACB RCPAQAP Patient Comments and Sweat Testing Advisory Committees until recently. He was always willing to share his knowledge and will be greatly missed.
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2018 10 03 IFCC Call for Nominations

10/02/2018


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2018 09 14 IFCC eNews No 8 Sep 2018

09/18/2018

The September issue of eNews is now available. It opens with a focus on the new IFCC Working Group on Vitamin D Standardization and a portrait of two new IFCC affiliate members, France and Kazakhstan: welcome to the IFCC family! Among other news: the Young Scientists survey initiative on training and career, a reflection on HIV/AIDS epidemics, and a report on the meeting of the WG-IANT in Guatemala. The latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations follow, along with PSEP experience and the calendar of Congresses. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 09 11 IFCC Call for Nominations

09/11/2018


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2018 09 04 - eJIFCC archive fully reorganized

10/07/2018

The Communication and Publications Division (CPD) of the IFCC is pleased to announce that the IFCC Electronic Journal of IFCC (eJIFCC) archive is now completely reorganized and fully accessible on-line.
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2018 09 03 IFCC TF-YS Survey

09/03/2018

The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to complete the Survey: "YS training & career". Brought to you by the IFCC Task Force Young Scientists, this survey aims to acquire preliminary information of young colleague’s education, training, career path, research interest, field of work and association with TFYS. This will enable us to share and focus our energies to find support for base programmes that are needed.
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2018 08 31 IFCC Call for Nominations

09/01/2018


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2018 08 02 WG GMECC Symposium

08/02/2018

The IFCC Working Group on “How should Glucose Meters be Evaluated in Critical Care” (WG-GMECC) announces the 27th AACC International CPOCT Symposium, presented in collaboration with the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division. “The Role of Point-of-Care Testing in a Value-Based Healthcare Landscape Symposium” will be held from Sep 26.2018 5:30 PM to Sep 29.2018 12:30 PM in Washington, DC, USA.
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2018 07 18 IFCC eNews No 6/7 Jul-Aug 2018

07/20/2018

The July-August issue of eNews is now available. This issue opens with an article describing the IFCC Guidelines for compliance with applicable codes of ethical business practice: a topic that is becoming increaslingly important and complex. It is followed by an article on IFCC WG-PCT: towards standardization of procalcitonin assays. Other news highlights include an IFCC DQCML report from Nepal, the presentation of the CCTC Journal Club, an interview on HbA1c testing in Europe, the results of an international IFCC survey of the reporting of protein electrophoresis and serum free light chains and a reflection on how future will be shaped by advances in biology and medicine, The latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations follow, along with PSEP experience and the calendar of Congresses. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 07 12 - eJIFCC Vol 29 n°2

07/13/2018

The second issue of eJIFCC for 2018 is now available. Guest edited by Dr Harjit Pal Bhattoa (Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Debrecen, HU), it focuses on Laboratory Investigation of Vitamin D and Bone Metabolism Markers. Given the pandemic of vitamin D insufficiency experienced on a global scale it is important to understand the laboratory implications pertaining to the determination of this not so easily measured analyte. The articles in the current issue consider the many aspects related to Vitamin D. Three further articles complete the edition.
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2018 07 06 IFCC TF-YS Webinar

07/06/2018

The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to join in for the sixth Complimentary Educational Webinar: Method Verification and Validation in Clinical Laboratories. Brought to you by the IFCC Task Force Young Scientists, this educational program focuses on good practices around method validation and verification in laboratories. Calendar is already available
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2018 07 03 IFCC-Roche Travel Scholaship winners

07/03/2018

IFCC and Roche are pleased to announce the IFCC-Roche Travel Scholarship Awardees. They were selected to attend the 1st IFCC, EFLM, AFCB Conference "Laboratory Medicine: Meeting the needs of Mediterranean Nations", held in Rome Tor Vergata (IT). Congratulations to Khalil Ramy Samir Helmy Assaad (EG Aff), Ana Sofía Duarte Acuña (GT), Ashish Kumar Mohanbhai Agravatt (IN Aff), Swarnima Singh (IN Full), Dwy Yuniati Daulay (ID), Kamal Abu-Eisheh (JO), Caroline Wanjiku Njeru (KE), Nerxhivane Gerguri-Ratkoceri(XK), Sebbar El-houcine (MO), Mithileshwar Raut (NP Full), Adaeze Njideka Nwabuogo Onyekwena (NG), Suhanyah Mahathevan (LK), Manel Chaabane Ep Doghri (TU), Yevgenija Kryvenko (UA), Itai James Blessing Chitungo (ZW).
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2018 07 03 IFCC WG Harmonisation of Interpretive Commenting EQA (WG-ICQA) survey

07/03/2018

Clinical laboratory testing plays an important role in the diagnosis, monitoring and prognostication of monoclonal gammopathies. Results are now available for the survey developed and conducted by the IFCC subgroup of the Working Group on the Harmonisation of Interpretive Commenting in EQA (WG-ICQA) to determine how clinical laboratories that perform routine protein testing for monoclonal gammopathy quantitate, interpret, and comment on M-proteins when reporting results.
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2018 06 14 IFCC eNews No 5 June 2018

06/14/2018

The June issue of eNews is now available. This issue opens with the report of a VLP held in Tunisia. It is followed by a touching article on Dr Tietz, passed away recently. Other news highlights include an article on Commutability, the presentation of the clinical case studies section of CCTC, a YS-Mentor interview, and a focus on AI in Laboratory Medicine. The latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations follow, along with PSEP experience and the calendar of Congresses. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 06 12 IFCC Handbook 2018 - 2020

06/16/2018

We are happy to announce that the 2018 - 2020 edition of the IFCC Handbook is now available. A valuable resource, the Handbook contains comprehensive information about the function and operation of IFCC including: IFCC Regional Organizations, Divisions, Committees and Working Groups; Full Members, Corporate Members and Affiliate Members; contact details; and Statutes and Rules of the IFCC. Read all the updated information about the function and operation of IFCC in a single online publication!
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2018 06 04 DiV - June 2018

06/05/2018

Enjoy the contents of the new DIAGNÓSTICO IN VITRO June issue. En este número tiene un espacio importante la COLABIOCLI: su Presidenta expone una reseña histórica y plantea un compromiso general y una tarea de todos para alcanzar los objetivos propuestos; igualmente la Presidenta del Congreso COLABIOCLI 2019 (Panamá) informa sobre el avance del mismo. Aportes de los miembros de Iberoamérica en noticias y artículos de investigación provenientes de Argentina, Brasil, España, Guatemala, Colombia, Panamá y República Dominica, complementan la “materia prima” de esta edición. In this issue the IFCC WG-IANT confirms its commitment to advance excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide in Latin America.
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2018 05 28 Professor Norbert W. Tietz

05/28/2018

On May 23, 2018 our profession of clinical chemistry laboratory medicine lost a great man and leader with the passing of Professor Norbert W. Tietz who was an icon as a scientist, author, editor, educator, mentor and colleague. During his lifetime, he made multiple outstanding contributions in several laboratory related disciplines and the books that he produced and edited remain the primary source of information for many laboratorians. In fact, his Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry is often affectionately referred to as the “The Bible” of Clinical Chemistry. He was an outstanding individual and consummate professional who was respected and admired worldwide. We will all miss him.
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2018 05 23 IFCC Membership survey

05/25/2018

The Annual IFCC Survey has been developed by CPD and the Committee on Public Relations to survey the membership across the organization and seek input on the impact and effectiveness of IFCC publications, scientific and educational programs, and various IFCC activities globally. Your feedback is important to design improved educational and communication tools. The survey closes on 15th June. Don't miss out! Please take 10mins to complete the survey today.
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2018 05 10 IFCC Annual Report 2017

05/10/2018

Do you want to know about the activities that were carried out in 2017 by IFCC and its members? The IFCC Annual Report 2017 compiled by Dr David Kinniburgh, IFCC Secretary, is now available. A message from the IFCC past President, Prof. Maurizio Ferrari, welcomes the reader, followed by reports from IFCC Officers on key projects covering a wide range of clinical, scientific, educational and communication related topics. National or Area Societies and Regional Federation reports are also included, allowing the opportunity to communicate their activities to other members.
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2018 05 08 C-CLM second interactive case scenario

05/08/2018

C-CLM is happy to present a second case scenario on "Short-Term and Long-Term Biases in Internal QC Results". Prof. Aye Aye Khine Wamono, will evaluate responses and provide feedback through the IFCC webpage. Please submit your answers directly to Prof. Wamono. The C-CLM looks forward to your participation and performing fruitful interactive discussions with you!
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2018 05 03 IFCC eNews No 4 May 2018

05/04/2018

The May issue of eNews is now available. This issue opens with the announcement of the Memorandum of Understanding between IFCC and AFCC with ASLM, aimed to strengthen and improve the quality of laboratory medicine in Africa. Other news highlights include activities of the new Committee on Clinical Applications of Cardiac Bio-Markers (CB), and a focus on the Committee on Value Proposition in Laboratory Medicine. Reports from VLP in India and from DQCML in Malawi follow, along with a presentation of the AACC CCTC and the latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations. The calendar of Congresses closes the issue. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 05 03 - eJIFCC Vol 29 n°1

05/03/2018

The first issue of eJIFCC for 2018 is now available - the first edited by Prof. János Kappelmayer, director of a large clinical laboratory at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. eJIFCC, indexed on PubMed Central, has become an increasingly recognized journal, greatly due to the dedicated efforts of the former Editor-in Chief Professor Gábor L. Kovács. Prof. Kappelmayer's intention is to continue to publish thematic issues, along with research articles, free communications, letters, and book reviews. Articles in this first issue for 2018 will definitely be of interest to all practicing laboratory specialists. Topics include next generation sequencing for diagnosis of human disease, the investigation of leptin receptor polymorphism in rheumathoid arthritis, hematological parameters in HIV infected patients, and the new IFCC clinical chemistry curriculum developed a guide for trainees in clinical laboratory medicine.
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2018 04 19 Publication of the JCTLM Newsletter for 2018

04/19/2018

JCTLM is pleased to announce the publication of its 2018 Newsletter. Accompanying the distribution of the Newsletter is a special report on Commutability of Certified Reference Materials written by Greg Miller and Neil Greenberg. This special report will be described in more detail in the next News Update.
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2018 03 27 IFCC Call for Nominations

03/21/2018


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2018 03 26 WG GMECC

03/27/2018

The IFCC is happy to present the document “How Should Glucose Meters Be Evaluated for Critical Care”, prepared by the IFCC WG on How should Glucose Meters be Evaluated in Critical Care (WG-GMECC). The document addresses the clinical practice of using Blood Glucose Meters (BGM) and what requirements they must fulfill in order to be used in critically ill patients and in Professional Healthcare Settings on patients in various states of health and receiving intensive medical intervention and therapy.
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2018 03 12 IFCC eNews No 2 Mar 2018

03/12/2018

eNews March issue is now available. The issue opens with the presentation of the new IFCC Division, Emerging Technologies, chaired by Prof. Sergio Bernardini. Other featured news items include an article on the IFCC Curriculum, phase 1, as a tool for the eAcademy; the presentation of the IFCC -Gerard Siest triennial Award; a report from the IFCC TF for Young Scientists on their participation in the ACBICON Congress; and the first of a series of presentations of the AACC initiative CCTC. Latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations and the calendar of Congresses, Conferences and events follow. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 02 21 DiV - February 2018

02/23/2018

Enjoy the contents of the new DIAGNÓSTICO IN VITRO February issue. Empezamos con nuestro primer número de la revista electrónica DIV para el año 2018 y nuestra meta es hacerla cada vez mejor para ustedes. Deseamos presentar en la revista Diagnóstico In Vitro las buenas noticias para los profesionales y amigos de nuestra región de Iberoamericano, junto con los artículos de investigación en las Ciencias del Laboratorio. In this issue the IFCC WG-IANT confirms its commitment to advance excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide in Latin America.
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2018 02 16 IFCC Call for Nominations

02/16/2018


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2018 02 19 IFCC Curriculum

02/19/2018

The IFCC Curriculum, phase 1, was developed as part of the IFCC eAcademy project by the Committee for Distance Learning. Authors are: R. Greaves (AU), J. M. Smith (UK) and section authors are: R. Greaves, C Florkowski (NZ), L. Langman (US), J. Sheldon (UK). The IFCC Curriculum is a guide for IFCC member societies in their development of syllabuses for postgraduate trainees in laboratory medicine, appropriate for use in their own countries. It is also intended to provide a resource for trainees in planning their private study in preparation for academic and professional qualifications which lead to formal recognition of expertise and status as experts and leaders in the field of laboratory medicine.
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2018 02 15 IFCC TF-YS Free Webinar

02/12/2018

Register for the Complimentary Educational Webinar: Integration and Impact of High-Sensitive Troponin Testing in Improving Patient Care. The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to join the first educational webinar for scientists and laboratorians in 2018. By attending this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of these new Troponin assays, how the test is being integrated, and the impact on clinical practice and the laboratory. It will be held on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. EST Don't miss this opportunity!
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2018 02 01 IFCC eNews No 1 Feb 2018

02/13/2018

The first eNews of 2018 is now available. The issue opens with a message by the IFCC President, Prof. Morris. Featured news includes an interesting report on the 14th International Congress of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, an article on Traceability and one on Accreditation of medical laboratories. Latest news from IFCC Federations and National Associations, a report by an IFCC Professional Exchange Programme participant follow. In 2018 eNews will be published monthly, increasing the number of newsletters annually to ten issues per year. Subscribe to the eNews to keep up with current activities around the laboratory medicine world!
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2018 01 30 - C-CLM Survey on Leadership

01/30/2018

The Committee on Clinical Laboratory Management (C-CLM) is interested in your opinion. Spare 10 minutes to participate in the C-CLM Laboratory Leadership Learning Needs Assessment Survey today! Deadline for the survey is February 28. Your participation will help contribute toward developing a Laboratory Leadership Training Program that can be used by Clinical Laboratory Leaders to improve their leadership techniques and skills. Results of the survey will be shared but no individual responses will be presented and the privacy of individual respondents will be respected.
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2018 01 24 - IFCC President Message

01/25/2018

Read the message that Prof. Morris, IFCC President, addresses to all IFCC member colleagues. Laboratory medicine currently faces significant challenges some of which confront all the healthcare disciplines. Professional leadership has never been more vital to provide strategies for improving the crucial role of laboratory medicine in patient care. Such leadership is provided by the IFCC, our regional federations and our national societies. As President, Prof Morris looks forward to extending the work of the IFCC in a range of important areas.
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2018 02 01 IFCC ETD

02/01/2018

The IFCC is proud to announce the formation of a new Division. The Emerging Technologies Division (ETD), chaired by Prof. Sergio Bernardini, is responsible for identifying and assessing emerging technologies and for translating the emerging and disruptive diagnostic and data analysis procedures from academic laboratories to clinical laboratories and from clinical laboratories to market.
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