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Task Force on Ethics (TF-E)


Toolkit with a list of topics and articles related to Ethics in Laboratory Medicine 

Dear Colleagues:

I'm happy to present the “Toolkit”, prepared by the TF-E in order to help and facilitate access to bibliography referred to Ethics in Laboratory Medicine.

You will find relevant articles, documents, guides, codes, regulations and chapters of books referred to Ethics applied to Laboratory practice into separate folders, as per the list you will find clicking here.

  • References are written following the Vancouver recommendations for citing articles.
  • Some articles could be placed under more than one topic so in case you do not find an article, you can search under other different topics.
  • Under Item 8, referred to Education, some chapter of books for teaching purposes are included.
  • Under Item 9 some of current compiled bibliography will be re-ordered in the next future, as more references will be included.

Dr Nilda Fink
TF-E Chair


Name Position Country Term Time in Office
N. Fink Chair AR 1st 2018 01 - 2020 12
R. Davey Member AU 1st 2018 07 - 2020 12 
T. Higgins Member CA 2nd 2017 01 - 2019 12
C. Sekadde-Kigondu Member KE 2nd 2017 01 - 2019 12
To be nominated Member      
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 90 countries plus more than 40 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
Julián Verona Confederación Unificada Bioquímica de la Republica Argentina (CUBRA)
Nafija Serdarevic Association of Medical Biochemists in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sudip Kumar Datta Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)
Shanthi Naidu Kamatham Association of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI)
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)
Binod Kumar Yadav Nepal Association for Medical Laboratory Science (NAMLS)
Santosh Pradhan Nepalese Association for Clinical Chemistry (NACC)
Olubunmi Ayelagbe Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Lamis Beshir Sudanese Society of Clinical Biology
K. Okhan Akin Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS)
Tetyana Kheylomska Association of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine of Ukraine (ACCLMU)
Paola Audicio Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya (ABU)


List of addresses 


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 Richard DAVEY
Tennant Creek Aboriginal Health Service, 
Tennant Creek, Australia.

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

EB Liaison

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

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