Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Task Force on Ethics (TF-E)


Name Position Country Term Time in Office
N. Fink Chair AR 1st 2018 02 - 2020 12
L. Breimer Member SE 1st 2017 03 - 2019 12
T. Higgins Member CA 2nd 2017 03 - 2019 12
To be nominated Member   1st 2018  - 2020 12
C. Sekadde-Kigondu Member KE 2nd 2017 01 - 2019 12
A. Gronowski EB Liaison US
D. Bruns Consultant US
J. Jonsson Consultant IS


  • To increase awareness among Laboratory Medicine Professionals of ethical issues
  • To encourage the practice of Laboratory Medicine to the highest ethical standards
  • To develop guidance documents for member societies on ethics related issues
  • To provide a voice for Laboratory Medicine on ethical issues
  • To link Laboratory Medicine, ethics and the public interest


  • Recognizing that IFCC is formed by representatives from Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in more than 70 countries plus more than 30 corporate members, it is unlikely that the TF can create documents that would be acceptable to all national societies. For that reason, the TF should instead focus on guidance documents to assist member societies to create their own unique policies and statements
  • A secondary objective is to ensure that each paper is published in professional journal(s) and that it is also made available to the general public


During the term 1997-1999, the EB of the IFCC accepted the principle of establishing an Ethics Committee. In various parts of the world individual professional organizations have raised awareness of ethics-related issues among their members and have produced documents addressing some of the key issues. Other organizations have not and would like guidance on how to create such documents. In general, the Laboratory Medicine community has not provided organized discussion in which the members can actively participate. There has been even less effort at the international level to create a collective voice for ethical issues in Laboratory Medicine. Laboratory Medicine organizations have a responsibility to advance the interest of their members but the IFCC strategic vision also clearly states that the ultimate goal is to benefit the health and well-being of the patients and communities we serve. This test of our professional responsibility demands that we do not simply perform tests and use technology uncritically. We cannot be isolated from the impact of our work on society.


The Task Force on Ethics has produced the following documents:

The group also produced three teaching modules entitled: "Ethics in Laboratory Medicine", "Ethics Education" and "Publication Ethics". These modules are freely available in this website in the eAcademy section

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

Name Full and Affiliate Member Societies
Martina Zaninotto Italian Society of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology (SIBioC)
Masakazu Miura Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry (JSCC)
Valdas Banys Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Aleksandra A. Boshku Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (MSMBLM)
Pramod Prasad Raut Nepal Association for Medical Laboratory Science (NAMLS)
Olubunmi Ayelagbe Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Lamis Beshir Sudanese Society of Clinical Biology
K. Okhan Akin Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS)
Paola Audicio Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya (ABU)


List of addresses 


Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8118
St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Laboratoriemedicinska länskliniken
Kliniskt Kemiskt Lab
USÖ Grev Rosengatan
SE-701 85 Örebro - Sweden

Dr Nilda FINK
Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas,
Facultad de Ciencias Exactas,
Universidad Nacional de La Plata,
Calle 47 y 115, 1900
La Plata - Argentina

Dr. Trefor HIGGINS
Director of Clinical Chemistry

Department of Human Pathology
Unit of Clinical Chemistry
School of Medicine
College of Health Sciences
University of Nairobi


Prof. David E BRUNS
Department of Pathology
University of Virginia Medical School
P O Box 800214
Charlottesville , Virginia 22908

Prof. Jon J. JONSSON
Division of Biochemistry,
Clinical Biochemistry and
Medical Genetics
University of Iceland Faculty of Medicine
IS-I01 Reykjavik

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