Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Analytical Quality (C-AQ)

Membership

Name Position Country Term Time in Office
A. Thomas Chair UK 1st 2017 01 - 2019 12
D. Grenache Member US 1st 2016 01 - 2018 12
A. Haliassos Member GR 2nd 2017 01 - 2019 12
Q. Meng Member CA 1st  2016 04 - 2018 12 
L.Khoroskaya Member  RU 1st 2017-01 - 2019 12


Mission statement

To promote the education and training of laboratory professionals on international standards and practices of analytical quality in clinical laboratories.

Terms of reference

1. To provide education and training on the various aspects of analytical quality in the clinical laboratory which include:

  • Concepts for methods and instrument validation
  • Traceability concepts
  • Measurement uncertainty concepts
  • Internal quality control procedures
  • External quality assessment schemes / proficiency testing programs
  • Pre-analytical & post-analytical concepts

2. To address the educational and training needs of emerging nations on analytical quality

3. Education and training will be provided in many ways including:

  • Guidance documents and publications
  • Online presentations
  • workshops and seminars
  • invited lectures
  • consultation and advice

   4. To collaborate with other IFCC Committees or Working Groups to achieve these aims. 

Current projects

EQA set up consultation
If a country (or sub-Regional group) requests advice in assistance (in several languages) how to establish an EQA scheme, C-AQ can provide advice, educational materials and training, either from the Committee or by recommending appropriate experts/mentors.

Support of Visiting Lecture Program (VLP)
Supporting EMD in reviewing applications which include quality elements and providing or suggesting appropriate lecturers, often together with C-CLM, EMD and/or DQCML.

Web site as an educational resource
Developing the content of this C-AQ website to provide a convenient starting point to identify and access relevant educational resources on all aspects of analytical quality.

Develop resource documents on fundamentals for EQA/IQC
Reviewing, updating and extending previous IFCC and C-AQ guidance documents to ensure their current and future relevance.

Directory of National EQA contacts
Maintain an updated list of appropriate EQA schemes and contact details for each country.

Provide content for distance-learning (e-learning) on analytical quality topics
Contributing quality-related materials and learning outcomes for inclusion into eAcademy.  

Past achievements 

Publications and Resources

Publications and resources produced by C-AQ and links to relevant sites are available here 

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Full Member Societies

Name Full Member Society
Monika Fritzer-Szekeres Austrian Society of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry 
José Abol Correa Brazilian Society of Clinical Analyses
Zhiguo Wang Chinese Society of Laboratory Medicine
Celso Cruz Cuban Society of Clinical Pathologists
Solveig Linko Finnish Society of Clinical Chemistry
Eberhard Wieland German Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Erika Sarkany Hungarian Society of Laboratory Medicine 
Noventy Febrina Indonesian Association for Clinical Chemistry 
Ruth Tor
Israel Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Massimo Tocchini Italian Society of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology
Ryosuke Kikuchi Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry 
Dalius Vitkus Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Katerina Tosheska Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine 
Mukesh Kumar Shrewastwa Nepalese Association for Clinical Chemistry 
Mithileshwer Raut Nepal Association for Medical Laboratory Science
Jos Wielders Netherlands Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Ishiaq Omotosho Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Nusrat Alavi Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathologists 
Svetlana Ignjatovic Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia 
Besbes Soufia Tunisian Society of Clinical Biology
Muhittin Serdar Turkish Biochemical Society
David Bullock The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Elena Beregova Ukrainian Society of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
Patricia Esperon Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya 
Vu Quang Huy Vietnamese Association of Clinical Biochemists
Anne Vassault Société Francaise de Biologie Clinique

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

Name Company
Tricia Ravalico                       Abbott Laboratories
Claude Giroud                         Bio-Rad Laboratories
Gitte Wennecke                      Radiometer


Committee Chair's contact:

Dr. Annette Thomas

Director, Quality Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

Unit 6, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen

Cardiff CF14 5DU

E-mail: Annette.Thomas2@wales.nhs.uk

 

 

 

 
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