Increasing the understanding of metrological traceability and its impact on the consistency of test results in laboratory medicine is the focus of a new website launched by the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM) and maintained by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) Secretariat.
The new JCTLM website (www.jctlm.org) explains the practical significance of calibration hierarchies and metrological traceability and their impact on results in laboratory medicine to health professionals, regulators and other stakeholders.
The website has been designed to provide educational resources to help the understanding and importance of traceability in laboratory medicine to patient care.
The website includes:
- A Publications section that references relevant publications related to traceability in laboratory medicine and its impact on reducing between-method variability and improving clinical outcomes for patients. This list is regularly updated and includes references on standardization of methods for key biomarkers.
- A Resources section that provides details of freely available webinars, presentations and other resources designed to explain the importance of traceability in laboratory medicine.
- A section on Meetings lists workshops and symposia on traceability in laboratory medicine that have been organized as part of international scientific and clinical conferences. This section also contains information for people organizing scientific meetings on how they may seek permission to hold a meeting under the auspices of the JCTLM.