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Standardization of Thyroid Function Tests (C-STFT)

Membership

NamePositionCountryTermTime in Office
H. VesperChairUS1st2018 01 - 2020 12
A. HishinumaMemberJP1st2018 01 - 2020 12
J. KratzschMemberDE1st2018 01 - 2020 12
K. Van UytfangheMemberBE1st2018 01 - 2020 12
M.M. PatruMember/OCDUS2nd2018 01 - 2020 12
I. ErlundConsultantFI
M. RottmannConsultantDE
L. ThienpontConsultantBE
H. VölzkeConsultantDE

In the previous terms, the committee developed the basis needed to implement standardization of thyroid function tests. Specifically, the committee:

  • developed reference measurement systems (reference materials/reference methods) to establish traceability of free thyroid hormone and TSH assays,
  • provided an infrastructure for procurement of serum panels,
  • demonstrated that the traceable assays can use a common reference interval,
  • informed the clinical and research community about the importance of standardized tests.

Building on these accomplishments, the current committee set the following terms of reference:

Terms of Reference:

  • Establish a system to maintain traceability of free thyroid hormone and TSH measurements.
  • Coordinate programs to evaluate free thyroid and TSH assays with regards to their analytical performance.
  • Develop reference intervals for free thyroid hormones and TSH.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to promote the use of the standardized assays in routine clinical practice and public health, to ensure analytical performance requirements meet clinical needs, and to help with developing and establishing reference intervals. 

Current Projects:

  • Establishment of a reference laboratory network
  • Develop and establish follow-up panel for TSH
  • Collaborate with relevant organizations to ensure that free thyroid hormones and TSH are standardized consistently
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define reference populations and plan study to establish reference intervals
  • Provide information and training to stakeholders about the importance of standardized thyroid function assays, and support organizations working on promoting high quality of thyroid function tests

Resources

Resources made available by the C-STFT are available here

Read more at: http://www.ifcc-cstft.org 

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

NameFull and Affiliate Member Societies
Paul WilliamsAustralasian Assocition of Clinical Biochemists (AACB)
Valentina VidranskiCroatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Véronique RaverotSociété Française de Biologie Clinique (SFBC)
Poornima ManjrekaAssociation of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)
Kaur JasbinderAssociation of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI)
M. Reza BakhtiariIranian Association of Clinical Laboratory Doctors
Ram Vinod MahatoNepalese Association for Clinical Chemistry (NACC)
Simeon AdebisiAssociation of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Jens BergNorwegian Society of Medical Biochemistry
Lakminda ThilakarathnaAssociation for Clinical Biochemistry, Sri Lanka
Sevgi Eskiocak Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS)
David HalsallAssociation for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB) - UK

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

NameCorporate Member
Gordon AveryABBOTT Diagnostics
Annette AdelmannBECKMAN COULTER
Paul SibleySIEMENS

Committee Chair's contact

Hubert VESPER
Director, Clinical Standardization Programs
Chief, Protein Biomarker and Lipid Reference Laboratory
Clinical Chemistry Branch
Division of Laboratory Sciences
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Hwy NE MS F25
Atlanta, GA 30341
USA
E-mail: hav2@cdc.gov and HVesper@cdc.gov

 
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