The Asia Pacific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (APFCB) had its humble beginnings in the late 1970s. Today in 2021, after more than forty years of growth and development, the APFCB is the largest of the six regional federations of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. The APFCB is a massive regional federation with 18 full Ordinary Members, 6 Affiliate Members and 22 Corporate Members.
The following are Full Members:
The following are Affiliate Members:
In addition, the APFCB has close partnership and collaboration with twenty-two in-vitro diagnostic companies, comprising global multinational, regional and local companies. Our corporate partners support the APFCB in many of its activities.
The APFCB has a good history of collaboration with other international federations. We have a long-standing partnership and good support from the IFCC. In addition, the APFCB has on-going MoUs with the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM) and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
Apart from the size, a feature of the APFCB is the diverse range of laboratory practices, within the federation. This puts us in a unique position for drawing on the expertise of the more developed societies to assist the less developed. Over the years, the APFCB travelling lecturer program has been a key resource for member associations, enabling information and technology transfer within the region. Due to the Covid-10 pandemic, the APFCB travelling lecturer program lectures is delivered virtually since 2020.
The pandemic has also disrupted some of the planned activities of the APFCB. The 16th APFCB Congress in 2022 which is planned to be held in Sydney, Australia has been postponed. In its place, the APFCB will have a joint event with the IFCC WorldLab in Seoul, Korea in 2022. The 16th APFCB Congress in Sydney, Australia will be held in 2024 and the 17th APFCB Congress in Kuala Lumpur will move to 2026.
Early this year, the education and laboratory management committee has made available a two-day virtual workshop on Laboratory Testing of COVID-19 to help lab professionals with appropriate guide in COVID-19 testing. Details of our ongoing scientific and educational activities are on the APFCB website and our communications committee will feature a rich array of articles, reports and interesting information. I strongly encourage you to visit all the sections of our website at www.apfcb.org. APFCB activities are also available on social media as follows:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/APFCB/
An ongoing activity which was initiated in 2020 that I would also like to highlight is the Masterclass in Interpretative Commenting on Clinical Chemistry reports. These webinar series discuss and analyse interpretative comments and educate laboratory professionals on the addition of interpretative commenting. The resource material and the recordings of these webinars are available on the APFCB website under the heading of Webinars:
In this brief introduction to the APFCB, I would like to end by indicating that the APFCB Executive Board is actively looking for participation from our younger colleagues and laboratory professionals. We do need renewal and succession as we prepare to support our healthcare partners to manage their patients. Do participate in the activities of the APFCB and do step forward to contribute where possible.
To everyone else outside the Asia Pacific, I do welcome you to engage the federation, collaborate with us, participate in our activities and become part of the family.
Dr. Sunil Sethi
Group Chief, Laboratory Medicine
National University Health System (NUHS)
Head Clinical Chemistry
Department of Laboratory Medicine
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Ridge Road