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2021 1-2 eNews Jan-Feb Issue - COLABIOCLI report


Dr. Álvaro Justiniano Grosz
President of COLABIOCLI.


The Latin American Confederation of Clinical Biochemistry defines the entity as "A professional institution of a private and international scientific, academic and trade union nature, non-profit, which will group entities formed by university professionals who are dedicated to Clinical Biochemistry or similar professions, created or to be created, in Latin America, or in other countries with a Latin language, without political, racial or religious purposes, and their affiliates will have the rights and obligations established in their statutes "this Paragraph precisely define the activities to be carried out by the Latin American entity.

Latin America has been the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic for a few months now, which has been advancing without restraint across the continent. Until December 2020, a total of 13,189,470 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Latin America and the Caribbean. Political management in a fragile health system led many Latin American governments to decree confinement and closed borders, with the aim of protecting inconsistent health systems, instead, unequal or rotating restrictions, difficulties in controlling movements of the Population and stress on health systems have catapulted the numbers of infections and deaths in these countries.

The immediate challenges will not be limited to the post-pandemic, which is already an immense challenge, given that we are facing a very deep economic recession and serious difficulties to respond, when the situation stabilizes. The pandemic brings an enormous social weight, an increase in inequality and greater poverty, however, our entity is not outside this situation and virtuality allowed us to interconnect more, exchange experiences, develop projects, programs of updating, continuous training activities. The pandemic allowed our entity to advance in some spaces of the clinical laboratory and its role in diagnosis in some countries, in many other postponed plans, it prevented the development of actions aimed at improving not only sanitary conditions, but also an agenda aimed at generating the leadership of institutions in very important issues such as regulatory frameworks that allow incorporating laboratory medicine in certain countries into external quality assessment programs, laboratory accreditation, insertion of young professionals, and others. Despite this, our entity, in this difficult situation, was able to find adequate mechanisms to develop activities that serve as an instrument to help the countries during an extremely complicated year for the region. A detailed report of the activities carried out by the Latin American Confederation of Clinical Biochemistry is presented below.

The Executive Committee of COLABIOCLI wants to thank everyone for the contribution and work done during this year, since without their support nothing would not have been achieved in such difficult times.



relevant issues


COLABIOCLI Executive Committee Meeting On Line

03          November 2019

  1. transferring the office of the outgoing President, Prof. Stella Raymondo (Uruguay)
  2. to the incoming President, Dr. Alvaro Justiniano Grosz (Bolivia)


AEFA Invitation To The COLABIOCLI President To Participate At The 50th Anniversary Of AEFA, Madrid Spain

22 - 23 November  2019

  1. participation in the protolary activities
  2. Portugal letter of intent to become a collaborator of COLABIOCLI
  3. meeting SEQC-ml for the cooperation agreement
  4. grant of SEQC-ml as a scholarship for a Latin American professional.


Meeting Of The Executive Committee Of COLABIOCLI In Cochabamba - Bolivia

January 14, 15 And 16, 2020

  1. report from the outgoing president COLABIOCLI (Past President) Prof. Stella Raymondo.
  2. delivery of relevant management documentation from the term of office 2017 - 2019
  3. preparation of the strategic plan for the COLABIOCLI term of office 2020 - 2022
  4. approval of internal operating regulations - new executive committee of COLABIOCLI.
  5. approval of the acceptance of Portugal Society to COLABIOCLI as collaborator.


Monthly Meetings Of The Executive Committee Via Online

February 27, 2020

March 25, 2020

April 22, 2020

May 25, 2020

June 24, 2020

July 22, 2020

August 25, 2020

September 30, 2020

October 26, 2020

November 25, 2020

December 15, 2020

  1. COLABIOCLI scholarships. three scholarships with IFCC regional grant and COLABIOCLI funds.
  2. peec regulations for member countries of COLABIOCLI
  3. internship regulations for young professionals under 40 years old.
  4. COLABIOCLI sponsorship regulations.
  5. database of the Latin American training program.
  6. scholarships for COLABIOCLI member countries:
    1. virtual diplomate on quality control in clinical analysis. three scholarships: Paraguay, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
    2. virtual diplomate in clinical bacteriology and antimicrobial susceptibility tests. three scholarships: Panama, Paraguay And Bolivia
    3. international diplomate in management in analytical quality according to iso 15189. three scholarships: Uruguay, Costa Rica And Panama
    4. international diplomate de uroanalisiss ,three scholarships: Paraguay, Bolivia,Uruguay
    5. international diplomate of diagnostic hematology. three scholarships: Guatemala, Panama And Costa Rica.
    6. virtual diplomate of clinical pathology for the clinical laboratory (3rd. generation). three scholarships: Uruguay Costa Rica And Bolivia.
    7. online course of techniques and stainings for the diagnosis of vector-transmitted hemoparasitosis. three scholarships: Costa Rica, Bolivia And Panama.
    8. mycosis course of the urinary tract:three scholarships: to be appointed.
    9. medical mycology course
    10. three scholarships: to be appointed.
  7. Latin American Congress COLABIOCLI Leon Mexico new date assigned in 2022.
  8. information and permanent coordination with the Regional Representative at IFCC.
  9. mangement of the new web page.
  10. ten scholarships for Latin American professionals in agreement with AEFA-Spain to attend the course on "verification of quantitative analytical methods"


Meetings For The Organization Of The Leon- Mexico Congress 2022 -  On Line

April 2, 2020
April 9, 2020
20 May 2020
June 30, 2020
July 31, 2020
26 August 2020
September 29, 2020
October 22, 2020
November 18, 2020

  1. management of the organization
  2. scientific academic committees
  3. logistics and infrastructure
  4. advertising and publications
  5. plan of activities for the congress.
  6. preparation of the preliminary program
  7. establishment of the scientific program
  8. broadcasting strategy of the event


Approval Of The Strategic Plan COLABIOCLI 2020 - 2022

April 22, 2020

1. COLABIOCLI strategic plan.

  1. strengthening of the institutional image
  2. strengthening the member associations.
  3. emphasis on the participation of young professionals.
  4. promoting the strengthening of the standards and regulations frameworks for the recognition of quality management systems in laboratories.
  5. strengthening national structures to promote continuous improvement of quality.
  6. trengthen the role of clinical biochemistry professionals, and other professionals of the clinical laboratory equivalents as part of the health care system.
  7. identifying agenda topics to expand the scope of the laboratory.
  8. developing continuous training programs, facilitating access from different countries
  9. strengthen relations with universities and scientific institutions.

2.-preparation of the COLABIOCLI 2020 - 2022.  budget

3.- conformation of working groups:

  • preanalytic
  • laboratory accreditation
  • bioetics commission:
  • academic organization and management committee

4.- proposal for the creation of the work force of young professionals.


Official Declaration Of COLABIOCLI Regarding The Permanent Support Of Professionals In Biochemistry And Equivalent Degrees Working In Clinical Analysis Laboratories During The Pandemic, And Their Important Role In Health Care System.

May 06, 2020

03 July 2020

document published on the web page and COLABIOCLI facebook page


Strengthening The Entity In Social Networks As Well As Launching The New Web Page And Its Moodle Platform.

July 10, 2020

Fame Page Facebook



Launched Of COLABIOCLI Conversatories In Agreement With The Colombian College Of Bacteriologists.

July 8, 2020

July 29, 2020

August 5, 2020

August 26, 2020

2 September 2020

September 23, 2020

7 October 2020

28 October 2020

4 November 2020

November 25, 2020

  1. conference: response of public health laboratories to COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America
  2. strategic planning of the post-pandemic in the clinical laborator
  3. the role of the laboratory in times of pandemic
  4. the role of health care professionals in biochemistry, challenges before and after the pandemic
  5. biosafety in the framework of the post pandemic
  6. challenges of the virtual professional training tool
  7. university quality teaching in times of virtuality media.
  8. young laboratory professionals and the challenges during covid 19
  9. indicators of management in the clinical laboratory.
  10. safety and quality in the production of plasma hyperimmune in covid-19 patients


Quality Management Course And Laboratory Good Practices Forums In Conversatories

June 20, 2020

September 17, 2020

October 22, 2020

November 19, 2020

December 10, 2020

  1. quality management - proposals for interdisciplinary training of health professionals
  2. challenges of academic assessment virtuality
  3. challenges of academic assessment virtuality
  4. risk management strategies to develop virtual practices in clinical laboratory
  5. proposals for the 2021 agenda of the quality management workshop topics.


Sbac Digital And COLABIOCLI

August 14, 2020

September 23, 2020

October 21, 2020

November 25

November 26

Fifty scholarships to each member country of COLABIOCLI to participate in the virtual event of the brazilian society of clinical analysis. Current topics and COVID 19- Professor Lippi Conference, University Of Verona - Italy.


Xiii Uruguayan Congress Of Clinical Biochemistry Of The Uruguayan Biochemical Association.

October 15-17, 2020

Round Table entitle the COLABIOCLI space

"Vision And Challenges Of Biochemistry Professionals And Equivalent Degrees In Latin America And The Caribbean"

  1. vision of COLABIOCLI and its strategic plan
  2. "Characteristics Between A Vocational Training And The Role Of The Biochemistry Professionals Or Equivalent Titles In Latin America And The Caribbean"
  3. "How Young Professionals Face Current Reality"
  4. "Incorporation Of The Topics Of Leadership, Strategic Planning And Quality In The University Teaching Of Biochemistry Careers And Equivalent Degrees".

questions and conclusions


Virtual Congress Of The National College Of Bacteriologists Of Colombia. The Challenges Of Innovating

November 14 To 17, 2020

COLABIOCLI gave auspices to the congress


COLABIOCLI President Interview With Norwegian Bioengineering Magazine

August 2020

how Latin America faces the pandemic in the clinical laboratories. the role of biochemistry professionals and equivalent degrees of Latin America


Virtual Meeting Of Presidents Of National Entities Of COLABIOCLI

June 12, 2020

  1. Strategic plan COLABIOCLI 2020 - 2022
  2. Latin American training program
  3. Working Groups and Commissions of COLABIOCLI
  4. Congress COLABIOCLI Mexico 2022
  5. COLABIOCLI scholarships - virtual scholarships
  6. PNCQ regulation - Spain scholarships
  7. Regional Representative report for the term 2018-2020


Webinar Conversatory Modality With  Costa Rica College Of Microbiologists

December 3, 2020

leadership and sustainable development of clinical laboratories and the role of young professionals.


Virtual Meeting Of Presidents Of National Entities Members Of COLABIOCLI

December 15, 2020

  1. Economic report and balance information.
  2. report of the COLABIOCLI EB.
  3. Regional Federation Representative in IFCC report
  4. new Regional Representative of COLABIOCLI in IFCC introduction.
  5. Mexico Congress 2022 update.
  6. COLABIOCLI agreement – PNCQ
  7. miscellaneous matters


COLABIOCLI Agreement - National Quality Control Program (PNCQ) Of The Brazilian Society Of Clinical Analysis.

October 1, 2020

1. signature of the agreement with PNCQ to provide free 30 basic pt programs per country a year. each country will invest in the transportation of control materials based on their external quality assessment program regulations. each country will be able to access through its national entity affiliated to COLABIOCLI


Conclusion Of The COLABIOCLI Agreement - National Program Of Quality Control (PNCQ) Of The Brazilian Society Of Clinical Analysis - Free Webinar

December 17, 2020

  1. topic: importance of the external quality evaluation programs (PEEC).
  2. implementation of internal quality controls in clinical laboratories.


Meeting Of The Tf Ys-IFCC And The Young Professionals Of Latin America

November 18, 2020

  1. creation of the group of young professionals in Latin America
  2. leadership course for COLABIOCLI member entitades in Latin America


Interviews And Permanent Reports Of COLABIOCLI To The Radio El Micorospocpio -

January 2020

July 2020

September 2020

  1. strategic plan COLABIOCLI
  2. progress and report on COLABIOCLI activities
  3. how we face the pandemic in Latin America, a vison from COLABIOCLI .
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