In 2007 The European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM formerly EFCC) was formed by the merger of FESCC (Forum of European Societies of Clinical Chemistry) and EC4 (European Communities Confederation of Clinical Chemistry). EFLM connects National Societies of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and creates a platform for all specialists working in the field in Europe. The mission of EFLM is to 1) enhance patient care, 2) improve outcomes by promoting and improving the scientific, professional and clinical aspects of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine and 3) to ensure effective representation of laboratory medicine both at European Union level and to other pan-European and subregional bodies. EFLM represents IFCC in Europe.
All member societies of IFCC in Europe may become members of EFLM. Non-IFCC societies may obtain provisional membership for three years, provided that they apply for IFCC membership in the meantime. The General Meeting is the governing body of EFLM and is composed of a nominated representative from each EFLM National Society Member. It convenes at least once every two years. The main decisions reserved for the General Meeting are: admission and exclusion of member associations as full, provisional or affiliate members, election of the Executive Board, adoption of accounts and budgets, amendment of EFLM Articles of Association and approval of Executive Board proposed policies. EFLM is legally registered in Belgium. The Operative Office is located in Milan where the office is also maintained in collaboration with IFCC.
Current (Full) membership of EFLM comprises the national societies of the following 40 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine. EFLM has also 1 Affiliate Member: AEFA (Spain) and 1 Provisional Member: SSLM (Slovak Rep).
The operational structure of EFLM consists of an Executive Board (EB) and currently five Committees (C) which conduct out their tasks via Working Groups (WG), Task and Finish Groups (TFG) and Task Groups (TG). Officers of the EB (president, past-president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer and two members-at-large) are elected by the General Meeting for 2-year terms. In the current EB the following countries are represented: Germany, Norway, Croatia, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Czech Republic. Membership and corresponding membership in Cs, WGs is by application and open to nominations by EFLM national societies.
The main activities of EFLM relate to education, research, development of the profession, requirements for competence, quality and accreditation of laboratories, organisation of congresses, and publications. EFLM has five Committees:
For updates, please visit the EFLM website (www.eflm.eu).
The Science Committee (C-S) focuses on promotion of research that translates the scientific results of laboratory medicine to clinical applications and improves patient outcomes through the appropriate use and interpretation of laboratory data in clinical practice. The Committee currently has WGs on:
The Quality and Regulations Committee (C-QR) supports the establishment of effective accreditation schemes and quality management systems in all European countries and liaises with ISO, CEN and the European Accreditation body (EA). The Committee currently has one WG on:
The Education and Training Committee (C-ET) has general responsibility for the postgraduate training aspects of the work of EFLM, in liaison with the Congress and Conferences Division and the Education and Management Division of IFCC, and also with UEMS. The Committee organizes regional and sub-regional conferences, workshops and postgraduate continuing education courses in association with relevant national societies. The Committee operates three WGs:
The Professional Committee (C-P) addresses the professional interests of specialists in laboratory medicine across Europe and promotes the contributions of specialists in laboratory medicine to better health and best care. Its aim is to achieve recognition of professional qualifications under European Union legislation based on the principles of free movement of professionals within Europe. It liaises with CEPLIS (European Council of the Liberal Professions) and the European Commission on professional matters, and takes the lead in developing pan-European professional and ethical standards.
The Committee currently has one WG on:
The Communication Committee (C-C) is responsible for efficient communication channels between EFLM and its member societies and other professional institutions, individuals and other targeted audience.via EFLM's website (www.eflm.eu) and EFLM Newsletter “EuroLabNews”. The official scientific journal of EFLM is Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM).
The Committee carry on its activities via its Working Group on Promotion and Publications (WG-P).
Awards. EFLM has three awards:
A memorandum of understanding between EFLM and IFCC has formalized the relationship between the two Federations. EFLM has recently published its Corporate membership policy and is aiming to establish various models of collaboration with corporate partners from the IVD industry by setting up various projects that support the development of the profession in Europe.
Currently EFLM has formalized its collaboration with the following organizations:
AACC (American Association of Clinical Chemistry), AACB (Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists), CEPLIS (European Council of the Liberal Professions), EC (European Commission),
EA (European co-operation for Accreditation), EAPM (European Alliance for Personalised Medicine), EAS (European Atherosclerosis Society), EASL (European Association for the Study of Liver), EDMA (European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association), EuPA (European Proteomics Association), EUCOMED (Medical Devices Industry), ISO-CEN, EPMA (European Ass. for Predictive, Preventive & Personalized Medicine), EQALM (External Quality Assurance Programmes in Laboratory Medicine), ESPT (European Society for Pharmacogenomics and Theranostics), UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists).
EFLM intends to set up even wider collaboration with sister Federations in order to harmonize scientific, educational and professional efforts in a complementary fashion, so that laboratory and health care professionals enjoy the benefits of such a collaboration both in the Euro-region and worldwide.
Prof. Tomris Ozben
Department of Clinical Biochemistry