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JCTLM session on 'Metrology and Standardization in Laboratory Diagnostics' at EuroMedLab 2015

The Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), of which the BIPM is a founding member, organized a very well attended session on 'Metrology and Standardization in Laboratory Diagnostics' at the EuroMedLab Paris 2015 meeting on 21-25 June 2015. EuroMedLab is one of the world's largest meetings on Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, as well as a major trade show for the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry.

The session was chaired by Prof. M. Müller, a former President of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the JCTLM. It included presentations on: the current status of the JCTLM database and its contents of reference materials, methods and measurement services required by the IVD industry to meet regulatory requirements on metrological traceability; case studies of improvements in the accuracy and agreement of medical laboratory measurement results for metabolites and substrates, enzymes and steroid hormones resulting from the adoption of traceable reference measurement systems; the increasing number of reference measurement laboratories offering services to the IVD industry, a sector experiencing particularly strong growth in Asia; the development of measurement quality requirements for HbA1c analysis in order for HbA1c measurements to be used in diabetes diagnostics in addition to monitoring of longer-term blood sugar levels in patients; and finally, the challenges and progress in adopting higher order measurement systems for biological measurands.

The next meeting of the JCTLM will be held at the BIPM from 30 November to 4 December 2015. During this meeting a Members and Stakeholders' session will discuss developments in traceability requirements world-wide and will identify future priorities and challenges in traceability in laboratory medicine.

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