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Harmonisation of Interpretive Comments EQA (WG-ICQA)


Time in Office
S. Vasikaran   Chair AU  2nd 2018 01 - 2020 12
M. Plebani Member IT    
E. Kilpatrick Member UK    
T. Badrick Member AU    
K. Sikaris Member AU    
J. French Member UK    
J. Osypiw Member UK    
M. Turzyniecka Member ZA    



The IFCC Working Group on Harmonization of Interpretive Commenting EQA (WG-ICQA) subgroup, is glad to present here below the results of the International Survey on protein electrophoresis and serum free light chains, and quantification of small monoclonal proteins.


IFCC Survey SPEP SFLC 217 labs 10 countries

IFCC Survey  SPEP SFLC 245 labs 31 countries

Sub-group for harmonisation of reporting of protein electrophoresis and serum free light chains, and quantification of small monoclonal proteins:






J. Tate Chair AU
M. Graziani Member IT
R. Booth Member CA
M. Moss Member CA
M. Willrich Member US
O. Maguire Member IE
A. Rowbottom Member UK
G. Nordin Member SE
K. Tomberg Member EE
H. Jacobs Member NL



This new WG will seek harmonisation in the operation of EQA schemes for interpretive comments with a view to increasing the possibility of obtaining evidence to demonstrate benefit to patients.


Terms of Reference

  • To bring together representatives of current and potential organisers of national EQA schemes for IC and experts in the area.
  • Develop harmonised goals for EQA of IC.
  • Devise standard methods of assessment, nomenclature and marking scales for EQA of IC.
  • Establish minimum standards of performance for participants.
  • Construct plan to collect evidence to demonstrate the impact of participation in EQA for IC on patient outcome.

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

Name Full and Affiliate Member Societies
Masanori Seimiya Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry (JSCC)
Valdas Banys Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
D Mselia Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Mehmet Senes Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS)



IFCC POSITION PAPER on Clin Chem Lab Med 2016 Dec 1;54(12):1901-1911

Samuel Vasikaran, Kenneth Sikaris, Eric Kilpatrick, Jane French, Tony Badrick, Jacqui Osypiw and Mario Plebani, on behalf of the IFCC WG Harmonization of Quality Assessment of Interpretative Comments "Assuring the quality of interpretative comments in clinical chemistry"


Working Group Chair's contact

Department of Clinical Biochemistry
PathWest-Royal Perth Hospital
GPO Box X2213
Perth 6847, WA

Subgroup Chair's contact

Scientist, Chemical Pathology
Pathology Queensland | Health Support Queensland
Department of Health | Queensland Government
Level 3 Block 7 Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital QLD 4029

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