31 January 2015 (Saturday) - The IFCC

I’ve discovered the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. http://www.ifcc.org

On their website they say “The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) is a worldwide, non-political organization for clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. As such it has a range of roles that include
(1) global standard setting in collaboration with other international organizations,
(2) supporting its members through scientific and educational endeavour,
(3) providing a series of congresses, conferences and focussed meetings in order for laboratory medicine specialists to meet and present original findings and best practice.

Our mission is to be the leading organization in the field of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine worldwide. Through leadership and innovation in science and education we will strive to enhance the scientific level and the quality of diagnosis and therapy for patients throughout the world. We will build on the professionalism of our members to provide quality services to patients. We will…..” and then it goes on in this vein.

At first sight all rather dull, but look at this link

They put their monthly journal on-line.

  • Measuring the impact of laboratory medicine on clinical management and patient outcomes
  • Diagnostic errors and laboratory medicine – causes and strategies
  • Towards better test utilization – strategies to improve physician ordering and their impact on patient outcomes
  • Collaborating with international clinical organizations
  • The impact for patient outcomes of failure to follow up on test results. How can we do better?
  • The clinical and health economic value of clinical laboratory diagnostics
  • Evaluating biomarkers for guiding treatment decisions

I can’t pretend to be the world’s greatest clinical chemist. This will be very useful. I shall keep an eye on this website…

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