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Updates to the EFLM publication list!

The EFLM Communication Committee is proud to announce that the publication list has been updated; the three more recent included papers are:

Compliance of blood sampling procedures with the CLSI H3-A6 guidelines: An observational study by the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) working group for the preanalytical phase (WG-PRE).
Simundic AM, Church S, Cornes MP, Grankvist K, Lippi G, Nybo M et al.
DOI  10.1515/cclm-2014-1053
Click here to download the paper

Preanalytical quality improvement. In pursuit of harmony, on behalf of European Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE).
Lippi G, Banfi G, Church S, Cornes M, De Carli G, Grankvist K et al.  
DOI 10.1515/cclm-2014-1051
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Implementation of a companion diagnostic in the clinical laboratory: The BRAF example in melanoma.
Mancini I, Pinzani P, Simi L, Brandslund I, Vermeersch P, Di Resta C et al.
Clinica Chimica Acta 2015;439:128-36
Click here to download the paper

EFLM Awards at the EuroMedLab 2015 Congress in Paris!

January 15, 2015 - This is to remind you that at the EuroMedLab 2015 Congress in Paris, the following EFLM Awards will be presented:

The EFLM-ABBOTT Award for Excellence in Outcomes Research in Laboratory Medicine presented to the author(s) of the best published paper, as judged by an independent panel of experts, which demonstrates the relationship between the application of an in-vitro diagnostic test or testing strategy and clinical and/or economic outcomes. The Award consists of a certificate and the sum of 10,000 Euros.
The deadline to send applications is: 1 February 2015. Click here for the invitation to apply.

The EFLM-ROCHE Scientific Award for Laboratory Medicine to honour an individual from an EFLM member country who has made unique contributions to the promotion and understanding of clinical chemistry throughout Europe or who has made one or more contributions that have had a major impact on clinical chemistry. The Award consists of a certificate and the sum of 7,500 Euros.
The deadline to send applications is: 31 March 2015. Click here for the invitation to apply.

EFLM e-seminar: EU Directive 2013/55/EU on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications- January 28, at 16.00 pm CET

January 12, 2015 - The Directive concerning the Recognition of Professional Qualifications is of particular relevance to Specialists in Laboratory Medicine. To describe the opportunities for our profession and actions that need to be taken ahead of transposition of the Directive into national law in 2016, Dr. Gilbert Wieringa will be holding an e-seminar on 28th January from h. 16.00 to 1630 CET. It will consist of a series of slides followed by discussion. The e-seminar will be chaired by Dr. Ian Watson.

Dr. Gilbert Wieringa is the Chair of the EFLM’s Profession Committee and the EC4 Foundation Board. His key objective in 2015 is to achieve recognition of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine across the EU Community during the transposition of EU Directive 2013/55/EU (The recognition of professional qualifications) into national law in 2016. In his spare time he is a consultant biochemist and clinical lead for laboratory medicine services at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

To participate in the e-seminar, please register at the link http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB54DD87874A38 

Upon registration you will receive an e-mail containing a link to access e-seminar. The number of attendees is limited. The registration is open until January 27th. This e-seminar is free of charge.

EFLM e-seminar on Biological Variation: slides are available on-line!

January 7, 2015 - For those who were not able to join the e-seminar in November, we are happy to inform you that the slides of the EFLM e-seminar on Biological Variation are now available on the EFLM website at http://www.efcclm.eu/index.php/educational-material.html. We thank Dr. Kristin M Aakre for her generosity in sharing this material.

A message from the EFLM President

December 23, 2014 - As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to thank all people who contributed to the EFLM activities and their promotion in Europe and internationally. Without your active involvement the international position of EFLM would not be at the level it is today.
A special thought of appreciation is for the EFLM officers acting in different functional units for their commitment and support. The EFLM eminent role in the international scenery is entirely due to the energy and time they dedicate to the Federation.
 
I also thank Presidents and National Representatives of the 40 National Societies members of EFLM that gave their support for spreading at the national level the main EFLM message on the central role of Laboratory Medicine in the improvement of the patient care.
   
I wish you all the best for a peaceful and prosperous 2015 and I look forward for another successful year for EFLM.

Prof. Mauro Panteghini

Report from the first EFLM Strategic Conference

December 22, 2014 - The first EFLM Strategic Conference “Defining analytical performance goals 15 years after the Stockholm Conference” held in Milan (Italy)  last November (24th - 25th) was very successful,  with 241 participants (speakers included) from 41 different Countries, embracing the five Continents. The delegates came from the clinical laboratories, from EQAs provider, from professional organizations and from the manufacturers as well, demonstrating that the topic was of interest for the whole world of Laboratory Medicine.

The Stockholm Conference in 1999 was a landmark in trying to achieve a consensus on how quality requirements should be set and a hierarchy of models was established. Time has come to revisit this hierarchy  (see Table 1), investigating to what extent it is still valid or if it should be modified or expanded, incorporating performance goals for qualitative tests and for the whole testing process (pre- and post -analytical aspects included) . Read more

EFLM-Roche Scientific Award for Laboratory Medicine 2015

December 19, 2014 - EFLM and Roche Diagnostics are pleased to announce the EFLM-Roche Scientific Award for Laboratory Medicine. This award has been created to honour an individual, who is a member of an EFLM National Society and has made unique contributions to the promotion and understanding of clinical chemistry throughout Europe or has made one or more contributions that have had a major impact on laboratory medicine. The award consists of an amount of EUR 7.500 and will be presented at the 21st IFCC-EFLM EuroMedLab Congress to be held in Paris (FR) from 21 to 25 June 2015. Read more

EFLM bursary programme to attend the EuroMedLab 2015 Congress in Paris!

December 18, 2014 - We are proud to announce that EFLM is promoting a bursaries programme for young scientists attending the 21st IFCC-EFLM EuroMedLab Congress on 21-25 June 2015 in Paris.
http://www.paris2015.org.

The bursaries will cover the cost of the travel and 4-night accommodation for a maximum of Eur 900 and the registration fee will be kindly offered by the local Congress Organizing Committee.
Eligible candidates must come from an EFLM Member Society and meet the following criteria:
- Young participants (≤40y at the date of the conference);
- Having a poster abstract accepted.
Applications must be accompanied with:
1) Short CV,
2) Copy of the ID or passport,
2) List of publications,
3) Document proving the membership to the National Society,
4) Notification of poster acceptance (notification of abstract acceptance/rejection will be sent by the congress organizers by March 31).
Please send your applications to silvia.cattaneo@efcclm.eu within April 10, 2015.

EFLM e-seminar on Bias in Clinical Chemistry: the audio recording is available on-line!

December 16, 2014 - For those who were not able to join the e-seminar on December 9, we are happy to inform you that the audio recording of the EFLM e-seminar on Bias in Clinical Chemistry is now available on the EFLM website at http://www.efcclm.eu/index.php/educational-material.html together with slides and additional educational material. We thank Prof. Elvar Theodorsson for his generosity in sharing this material.

Speakers’ presentations - 14th EFLM Dubrovnik Course

December 12, 2014 - We are happy to inform you that speakers’ presentations at the 14th EFLM Postgraduate Course "New trends in laboratory diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus: Diabetes mellitus revisited 14 years after the first Dubrovnik course" are available as PDF files at the following link: http://www.efcclm.eu/index.php/educational-material.html

EFLM – Abbott Diagnostics Award for Excellence in Outcomes Research in Laboratory Medicine

December 3, 2014 - EFLM and Abbott Diagnostics are pleased to announce the EFLM-Abbott Diagnostics Award for Excellence in Outcomes Research in Laboratory Medicine. The Award will be given to the best published paper, as judged by an independent panel of experts, which demonstrates improved outcomes (clinical and/or economic) arising out of the application or improved utilisation of an in vitro diagnostic test. The Award will consist of a certificate and the sum of 10,000 Euro and will be presented at the 22nd IFCC-EFLM EuroMedLab Congress in Paris (June 21-25, 2015). Read more

Speakers’ presentations - 1st EFLM Strategic Conference

December 2, 2014 - We are happy to inform you that speakers’ presentations at the 1st EFLM Strategic Conference ‘Defining analytical performance goals 15 years after the Stockholm Conference on Quality Specifications in Laboratory Medicine are available as PDF files at the following link: http://www.efcclm.eu/index.php/educational-material.html

EFLM calls for harmonisation of colour coding for blood collection tube

October 31, 2014 - The EFLM publication list has been updated and includes now an important paper about the harmonisation of the pre-anlytical phase. Read the article.

Docemus

October 30, 2014 - EFLM is pleased to inform that DOCEMUS (from Latin, we teach) operates, as a non-profit organization in different African Countries with the aim to set up clinical laboratories in Hospitals or Health Centers  or wherever  they are most needed. The main objective of DOCEMUS is however to train local medical or technical personnel teaching them (hence the name of the organization) the basic clinical laboratory techniques in order to allow them to run the laboratory by their own, in autonomy. To learn more about DOCEMUS and its projects, or to collaborate with them, please visit www.docemus.it/eng/

EFLM Newsletter - October issue

October 27, 2014 - The new edition of the EFLM Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the October issue.

EFLM bursaries programme to attend the 3rd EFLM-BD European Conference on Preanalytical Phase in Porto - 20-21 March 2015

October 23, 2014 - We are proud to announce that EFLM is promoting a bursaries programme for young scientists attending the 3rd EFLM-BD European Conference on Preanalytical Phase on 20-21 March 2015 in Porto (Portugal).
http://www.preanalytical-phase.org/
The bursary will cover the cost of the travel, 2-night accommodation and a daily meal allowance for a maximum of Eur 750. In addition to this, the free conference registration will be granted.  

Eligible candidates must come from an EFLM Member Society and meet the following criteria:
- Young participants (≤40y at the date of the conference);
- Having a poster abstract accepted.
Applications must be accompanied with:
1) Short CV,
2) Copy of the ID or passport,
2) List of publications,
3) Document proving the membership to the National Society,
4) Notification of poster acceptance (You will be notified about the abstract acceptance by 15 January, 2015).

Please send your applications to silvia.cattaneo@efcclm.eu no later than January 25, 2015.
Applicants will be notified of the bursaries acceptance by February 5, 2015.

2014 Labs4Life photo contest

October 1, 2014 - In celebration of the upcoming International Pathology Day on November 5, Labs are Vital is hosting the 2014 Labs4Life photo contest to showcase the work of pathologists and laboratory professionals around the world. Labs Are Vital will be promoting the contest via social media and would like to request its partners to support the contest by promoting it via their social media vehicles as well.
The contest will ask pathologists and laboratory professionals to submit photos of themselves with national or local landmarks and our “Labs4Life” sign. Participants are also encouraged to make their own sign in their own language. Participants can submit their photos on the Labs Are Vital site when the contest opens on October 6. As photos are added to the site, participants can vote for the photos that they think are the most creative. Three finalists from each of three regions: Eurasia, Europe and Africa, and the Americas (a total of 9 finalists) will be chosen. A final voting round to select a first place winner from each region will begin on October 27. The three first place winners will be announced on International Pathology Day, November 5. Read more

Welcome to the Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine as new EFLM Member!

September 1, 2014 - We are pleased to inform you that EFLM has a new Full Member: the Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
The Executive Board of the Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine is composed as follows: Danica Labudovik (President), Svetlana Cekovska (Secretary), Sonja Piponska Trojacanec (Treasurer), Violeta Filipce (MD-member), Biserka Simonovska (Ph-member), Branko Jaglikovski (MD-member) and Oliver Georgievski (MD-member). Prof. Sonja Kuzmanovska will act as EFLM National Representative.
On behalf of the EFLM Executive Board and the EFLM General Assembly we extend a warm welcome to the Macedonian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine and wish a fruitful collaboration in EFLM.

With the inclusion of Macedonia, now EFLM counts 41 Members representing 40 European countries.

EFLM circulation list

July 30, 2014 - Keep updated with the activities of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM)! Join the EFLM circulation list and you will receive the latest news on a regular basis.
The procedure is very simple: just enter your e-mail address by clicking here.
EFLM has a strict “No-Spam” policy: your address will be available to EFLM only and will not be given to third parties.

2014 CCLM Award for the Most Cited Paper

July 25, 2014 - The Editors of CCLM and de Gruyter publishers are proud to announce the “CCLM Award for the Most Cited Paper” for the third time in 2014. The award is given out for the most cited research article published in 2012 and 2013. The 2014 prize goes to Dr. Walter Michael Halbmayer and Dr. Guenter Weigel (Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Municipal Hospital Hietzing-Rosenhuegel, Vienna) co-authors of the paper: “Interference of the new oral anticoagulant dabigatran with frequently used coagulation tests” published in CCLM 2012:50(9):1601-1605.
The award will be presented during the Opening Ceremony of the the 3rd EFLM-UEMS Congress – EuroLabFocus 2014 “Laboratory Medicine at the Clinical Interface” to be held in Liverpool from October 7-10, 2014.

The EFLM publications' list is now available on the website

July 22, 2104 - The EFLM Communication Committee is proud to announce that the list of the EFLM Publications has been recently updated. In the EFLM web site section http://www.efcclm.eu/index.php/eflm-publications.html, the most relevant publications prepared by EFLM Committees or Working Groups or where EFLM played an important scientific role are listed in chronological order. Each paper is linked to the relative PDF downloadable by the website visitors.
We hope that this initiative can help our professional community to be updated with the most recent scientific and professional advances and to appreciate the role EFLM plays in the field of Laboratory Medicine.

EFLM Speakers Bureau

EFLM has established a pool of EFLM speakers (from EFLM officers) to encourage NSs to engage EFLM speakers at their NSs meetings. These experienced speakers have been selected by the EFLM Committee on Education and Training according to their competence, accomplishments and their commitment to education.

Click here to download the EFLM Speakers Bureau.

Alphabet funding soup served on the 2014 Oxford Diagnostic Forum

On March 18-19 the 3rd Diagnostics Forum was held at the University of Oxford, UK, in the beautiful surroundings of Magdalen College. The meeting was sponsored by the UK Technology Strategy Board, the British In-Vitro Diagnostics Association, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care’s Centre for Monitoring and Diagnosis.
These Diagnostics Fora form a special series of conferences, bringing together over 100 attendees, 2/5 of which from industry, 2/5 from academia and 1/5 from NICE, from the NHS, and other health care organizations. This mixed audience makes it a special and interesting event, and the format of the conference allows both communities to mix and mingle.
The focus of this year’s conference – for the first time in a two-day format – was on the generation of evidence to support the introduction of novel IVD, and on government support for the diagnostics industry in doing so.  Overall, there were a few presentations and posters on the generation of evidence and the methods for doing so (from Jon Deeks and Elisabeth Adams, among others), but by and large the main focus of the meeting this year was on funding opportunities, in particular UK initiatives to stimulate innovation and collaboration in developing and evaluating diagnostics. Read more

BIAS and hypertriglyceridemia effect on risk score: an important study by the EAS-EFLM Cardiac Marker WG collaborative project group

A crucial study of the clinical impact of method bias in the cardiovascular risk classification based on HDL and LDL measurements in hypertriglyceridemia has been recently published in Atherosclerosis 2014;233:83-90. The study is part of the Collaborative  Project Group between European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) and EFLM,  established by  A Catapano (EAS President), J Chapman (EAS Past-president), and S Sandberg (previous EFLM Chair of Scientific Division, now EFLM President Elect) “…to produce laboratory testing recommendations and guidelines for management of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease”. Examining the results of a National External Quality Assessment, the group observed that direct HDL and LDL measurements are unreliable in hypertriglyceridemia and that these values should be used with caution in the SCORE risk classification and in related therapeutic approaches. The study deserves particular attention since it addresses the clinical outcomes of laboratory activities and emphasizes competencies in the interpretation of laboratory tests and in the invaluable role that Clinical Chemists may play in optimizing  patient outcome.

Read the Abstract at http://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com/article/S0021-9150(13)00769-7/abstract

EU Directive 2005/36/EC: A new horizon to working across the European community

At a time when demand for highly qualified professionals across the EU is increasing and the labour force is declining, EFLM welcomes the passage in December 2013 of Directive 2005/36/EC (The recognition of professional qualifications) through the EU’s Parliament, Council and Commission. In supporting professional mobility across EU borders the Directive is a catalyst to ensuring a more equitable distribution of knowledge and skills across the community’s member states. EFLM’s Profession Committee will be at the forefront of shaping a common training framework for specialists in laboratory medicine and defining the equivalence of standards that ensures patients receive high quality, safe and equitable services wherever they are in the Community. The consolidated text for the Directive can be accessed at by clicking here.
For EFLM/EC4 national societies the passage of the Directive represents an opportunity for 9 EU member states to work with their governments to present the framework to the EU Commission. EU national societies are encouraged to liaise with their EC4 representatives for guidance on becoming a candidate state. In developing a common training framework EC4’s syllabus for education, training, knowledge and competency expectations represent the building blocks to which the input of all relevant stakeholders (profession@efcclm.au) will be also welcomed as we work to support the transposition of the Directive into national law.

Renewal of the agreement with CCLM

It is a pleasure to announce that the agreement on mutual cooperation between the European Federation of Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) and the Journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM) has been renewed for the duration of another 5 years (2014-2018).  CCLM is published on a monthly basis and is the most relevant Journal on Clinical Chemistry in Europe and is a valuable and updated source of knowledge for the scientific community and professionals in the field well recognized all over the world. The CCLM 2012 Impact factor is 3.009. Read more