Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Laboratory Errors and Patient Safety (WG-LEPS)


Congresses and Conferences


Quality Indicators Projects


Terms of Reference

The Education and Management Division (EMD) of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)  has established a Working Group on “Laboratory errors and patient safety” (WG-LEPS 9.3.8).
The WG mission is to stimulate studies on the topic or errors in laboratory medicine, to collect available data on this topic and to recommend strategies and procedures to improve patient safety.
According to the Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, Sir Liam Donaldson, established by the WHO in 2004, “a focus on addressing errors in laboratory medicine is an important element of the international agenda on patient safety. Timely and accurate laboratory test results are a cornerstone of effective diagnosis and treatment of patients” (Clin Chem Lab Med 2007; 45(6): 697-9). 
In the last few years a body of evidence has been collected to demonstrate that many of the errors in laboratory medicine occur in the pre- and post-analytical phases of laboratory testing. Therefore, improving the safety of laboratory testing requires a detailed understanding of the steps involved in the total testing process to identify the hierarchy of risks and challenges to be addressed. 
Patient safety is increasingly recognised as a serious problem that requires a globally led approach and the IFCC WG-LEPS should be a tool to improve the knowledge in the field at an international level, and to recommend the development and application of standardised operating protocols.

Current Projects

  • Improving awareness of laboratory professionals regarding the topic of errors and patient safety.
  • Implementing pilot studies to evaluate laboratory errors frequency and types.
  • Implementing projects for error reduction through the design of safer procedures and processes.
  • Cooperating with other scientific organizations (WHO, AACC, ASCP, etc) for assuring improvements in the field of patient safety.
  • Organizing meetings and scientific sessions on the topic of laboratory errors and patient safety.
  • Supporting the publications of papers on the topic of laboratory errors and patient safety in scientific journals and monographies.


Time in Office
Mario PlebaniChairItaly1st2020 01 - 2022 12
Laura SciacovelliMemberItaly
Vincent De GuireMemberCanada
Keila Furtado VeiraMemberBrazil
Alex GaloroMemberBrazil
Wilson  ShcolnikMemberBrazil
Isabel Garcia del Pino CastroMemberSpain
Agnes IvanovMemberEstonia
Giuseppe LippiMemberItaly
Wang QingtaoMemberChina
Zhou RuiMemberChina
Zorica SumaracMemberSerbia
Jamie WestMemberUK

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

NameFull and Affiliate Member Societies
Michael VogeserGerman United Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Valdas BanysLithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Olatubunsun OlawaleAssociation of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Hemachandra WeerawarnaAssociation for Clinical Biochemistry, Sri Lanka
Cihan CoskunTurkish Biochemical Society (TBS)
Carlos LacavaAsociación Bioquímica Uruguaya (ABU)
Sohini SenguptaAssociation of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)
Pieter VermeerschRoyal Belgian Society of Laboratory Medicine (RBSLM)

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

NameCorporate Members
Randy SchneiderABBOTT Diagnostics


Dr. Laura Sciacovelli
Centre of Biomedical Research
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova

Prof. Mario Plebani
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova
Tel.: +39 049 8212792
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