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Harmonisation of Interpretive Comments EQA (WG-ICQA)


Time in Office
M. TurzynieckaChairZA1st2020 01 - 2022 12
M. PlebaniMemberIT
E. KilpatrickMemberUK
T. BadrickMemberAU
K. SikarisMemberAU
J. FrenchMemberUK
J. OsypiwMemberUK
Q. LiMemberCN

The IFCC Working Group on Harmonization of Interpretive Commenting EQA (WG-ICQA) subgroup, is glad to present here below the results of the International Survey on protein electrophoresis and serum free light chains, and quantification of small monoclonal proteins.


IFCC Survey SPEP SFLC 217 labs 10 countries

IFCC Survey  SPEP SFLC 245 labs 31 countries

Sub-group for harmonisation of reporting of protein electrophoresis and serum free light chains, and quantification of small monoclonal proteins:





M. GrazianiMemberIT
R. BoothMemberCA
M. MossMemberCA
M. WillrichMemberUS
O. MaguireMemberIE
A. RowbottomMemberUK
G. NordinMemberSE
H. JacobsMemberNL


This new WG will seek harmonisation in the operation of EQA schemes for interpretive comments with a view to increasing the possibility of obtaining evidence to demonstrate benefit to patients.

Terms of Reference

  • To bring together representatives of current and potential organisers of national EQA schemes for IC and experts in the area.
  • Develop harmonised goals for EQA of IC.
  • Devise standard methods of assessment, nomenclature and marking scales for EQA of IC.
  • Establish minimum standards of performance for participants.
  • Construct plan to collect evidence to demonstrate the impact of participation in EQA for IC on patient outcome.

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

NameFull and Affiliate Member Societies
Masanori SeimiyaJapan Society of Clinical Chemistry (JSCC)
Valdas BanysLithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
D MseliaAssociation of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Mehmet SenesTurkish Biochemical Society (TBS)


IFCC POSITION PAPER on Clin Chem Lab Med 2016 Dec 1;54(12):1901-1911

Samuel Vasikaran, Kenneth Sikaris, Eric Kilpatrick, Jane French, Tony Badrick, Jacqui Osypiw and Mario Plebani, on behalf of the IFCC WG Harmonization of Quality Assessment of Interpretative Comments "Assuring the quality of interpretative comments in clinical chemistry"

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