News - 02 August 2017

08/02/2017

Traceability in laboratory medicine: a global driver for accurate results for patient care

A new article on the global importance of traceability in laboratory medicine is published in the August 2017 issue of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.

The review, written on behalf of the JCTLM Working Group on Traceability, Education and Promotion (WG-TEP) addresses:

  • The importance of reducing between-method and between- laboratory variability
  • Reasons why methods may give different results on a patient sample
  • An overview description of traceability in laboratory medicine
  • The metrological traceability chain
  • Method standardization and harmonization
  • Commutability of reference materials
  • Sources of reference materials and reference measurement procedures
  • Case studies to demonstrate the value of traceability in laboratory medicine
  • Case studies to demonstrate the need for traceability in laboratory medicine
  • Challenges in implementing traceability in laboratory medicine at a global level
  • Stakeholders in implementing traceability in laboratory medicine
  • An action plan to implement traceability in laboratory medicine at a global level

The review will be of interest to all laboratory medicine specialists and to those responsible for education and training programmes in laboratory medicine. The article will be translated into other languages and re-published, with permission, in local language journals.

The full reference for the article is:

Beastall GH, Brouwer N, Quiroga S, Myers GL. Traceability in laboratory medicine: a global driver for accurate results in patient care.  Clin Chem Lab Med 2017; 55(8): 1100-1108. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2017-0060 


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