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IFCC - Education and Management Division (EMD)

EMD Executive Committee

L-R: Nader Rifai, EMD Chair; Silvia Cardinale, IFCC Office; Sedef Yenice, Member and VLP Chair; Vanessa Steenkamp, Vice Chair; Tomas Zima, Member; André Ziegler, Corporate Member and Secretary

The Education and Management Division (EMD) fosters educational activities and managerial skills. The Divisional activities are currently conducted by Committees, Working Groups and Special Projects.

EMD Mission Statement

EMD will provide IFCC members and the healthcare community with education relevant to Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, directed at scientific, management and clinical issues.

EMD Strategy

To accomplish this mission EMD will:

  • guide laboratory professionals to function optimally, in a changing environment, so that they might best serve the healthcare needs of society
  • strengthen consultation and collaboration among all groups responsible for the planning and delivery of healthcare
  • identify areas of relevance to Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and will assist in the transfer of knowledge in these areas to the profession
  • actively participate in programs of IFCC Congresses and Scientific Meetings
  • produce and ensure the quality of IFCC educational documents
  • respond to the needs of IFCC Members in education and management skills as well as those of the Corporate Members and external agencies
  • design, develop and implement diagnostic strategies
  • identify current problems in education and management practices and provide solutions and guidelines on how to overcome them

EMD will implement this strategy by:

  • facilitating the provision of critically evaluated information by means of projects, expert visits, courses, lectures and documents including electronic learning tools
  • covering topics such as educational principles and methods, quality management, utilisation and cost-effectiveness of laboratory measurements and observations
  • reaching its target audience which includes IFCC Members (National societies, Corporate members and Associate members), other health-care workers, students, healthcare agencies and governments, the diagnostic industry and the general public

Members of EMD Executive Committee

Name Position Country Term Time in Office
N. Rifai Chair US 1st 2021 01 - 2023 12
V. Steenkamp Vice Chair ZA 1st 2021 01 - 2023 12
A. Ziegler Corp.Rep. and Secretary CH 2nd 2021 01 - 2023 12
S. Yenice Member and VLP Chair TR 1st 2021 01 - 2023 12
T. Zima Member CZ 1st 2021 02 - 2023 12

Terms of Reference Membership

The EMD Executive Committee is the management group responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the EMD working units. Its functions include:

  • initiates, manages and coordinates EMD projects
  • ensures committees and working groups are functioning under clear terms of reference and an agreed schedule of activity
  • ensures progress on each project, monitoring of activities, and resolutions of conflicts
  • reviews educational and managerial problems in current practice and initiate projects as appropriate
  • seeks funding to achieve the completion of selected projects
  • communicates and interfaces with Executive Board, Divisions and Committee Chairs of IFCC

Committee members' contact details

Prof. Nader RIFAI 

Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue Boston
MA 02115 USA

Prof. Vanessa STEENKAMP
Vice Chair
Department of Pharmacology
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X323
Arcadia, 0007 - South Africa

Dr. André Ziegler
Corp. Rep. and Secretary

Roche Diagnostics International Ltd.
Medical & Scientific Affairs
Bldg 05 / 10th floor / Room 1.34
Forrenstrasse 2
CH-6343 Rotkreuz, Switzerland

Prof. Sedef YENICE
Member and VLP Chair

Demiroğlu Bilim University and
Gayrettepe Florence Nightingale Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey 34349

Prof. Tomàš Zima

Inst.of Medical Biochemistry & Lab. Med. First Faculty of Medicine,
Charles University & General University Hosp.
U Nemocnice 2
CZ-128 08 Prague 2, Czech Republic



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