Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Analytical Quality (C-AQ)

Membership

NamePositionCountryTermTime in Office
A. ThomasChairUK1st2017 01 - 2019 12
G. AntonelliMemberIT1st2019 02 - 2021 12
A. HaliassosMemberGR2nd2017 01 - 2019 12
Q. MengMemberCA2nd2019 01 - 2021 12
L.KhorovskayaMemberRU1st2017-01 - 2019 12


Mission statement

To promote the education and training of laboratory professionals on international standards and practices of analytical quality in clinical laboratories.

Terms of reference

1. To provide education and training on the various aspects of analytical quality in the clinical laboratory which include:

  • Concepts for methods and instrument validation
  • Traceability concepts
  • Measurement uncertainty concepts
  • Internal quality control procedures
  • External quality assessment schemes / proficiency testing programs
  • Pre-analytical & post-analytical concepts

2. To address the educational and training needs of emerging nations on analytical quality

3. Education and training will be provided in many ways including:

  • Guidance documents and publications
  • Online presentations
  • workshops and seminars
  • invited lectures
  • consultation and advice

4. To collaborate with other IFCC Committees or Working Groups to achieve these aims. 

Current projects

EQA set up consultation
If a country (or sub-Regional group) requests advice in assistance (in several languages) how to establish an EQA scheme, C-AQ can provide advice, educational materials and training, either from the Committee or by recommending appropriate experts/mentors.

Support of Visiting Lecture Program (VLP)
Supporting EMD in reviewing applications which include quality elements and providing or suggesting appropriate lecturers, often together with C-CLM, EMD and/or DQCML.

Web site as an educational resource
Developing the content of this C-AQ website to provide a convenient starting point to identify and access relevant educational resources on all aspects of analytical quality.

Develop resource documents on fundamentals for EQA/IQC
Reviewing, updating and extending previous IFCC and C-AQ guidance documents to ensure their current and future relevance.

Directory of National EQA contacts
Maintain an updated list of appropriate EQA schemes and contact details for each country.

Provide content for distance-learning (e-learning) on analytical quality topics
Contributing quality-related materials and learning outcomes for inclusion into eAcademy.

Past achievements 

Publications and Resources

Publications and resources produced by C-AQ and links to relevant sites are available here

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Full Member Societies

NameFull Member Society
Monika Fritzer-SzekeresAustrian Society of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry 
José Abol CorreaBrazilian Society of Clinical Analyses
Zhiguo WangChinese Society of Laboratory Medicine
Celso CruzCuban Society of Clinical Pathologists
Solveig LinkoFinnish Society of Clinical Chemistry
Eberhard WielandGerman Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Erika SarkanyHungarian Society of Laboratory Medicine 
Noventy FebrinaIndonesian Association for Clinical Chemistry 
Ruth Tor
Israel Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Massimo TocchiniItalian Society of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology
Ryosuke KikuchiJapan Society of Clinical Chemistry 
Dalius VitkusLithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Katerina TosheskaMacedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine 
Mukesh Kumar ShrewastwaNepalese Association for Clinical Chemistry
Mithileshwer RautNepal Association for Medical Laboratory Science
Jos WieldersNetherlands Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Ishiaq OmotoshoAssociation of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Nusrat AlaviPakistan Society of Chemical Pathologists 
Svetlana IgnjatovicSociety of Medical Biochemists of Serbia 
Besbes SoufiaTunisian Society of Clinical Biology
Muhittin SerdarTurkish Biochemical Society
David BullockThe Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Elena BeregovaUkrainian Society of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
Patricia EsperonAsociación Bioquímica Uruguaya 
Vu Quang HuyVietnamese Association of Clinical Biochemists
Anne VassaultSociété Francaise de Biologie Clinique
Saswati DasAssociation of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI)
Cecilia EtchegoyenConfederacion Unificada Bioquimica de la Republica Argentina (CUBRA)
Shyamali PalAssociation of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

NameCompany
Tricia Ravalico                      Abbott Laboratories
Claude Giroud                        Bio-Rad Laboratories
Jennifer CheekSiemens Healthineers
Gitte Wennecke                     Radiometer


Committee Chair's contact:

Dr. Annette Thomas

Director, Quality Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Unit 6, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen

Cardiff CF14 5DU

E-mail: Annette.Thomas2@wales.nhs.uk

 
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