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2 World organization 1955 European branch 1991 EU section 1993 EFCC 2007

3 European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

4 40 member countries Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Cyprus Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Kosovo (provisional member) Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom

5 Past President: Vic Blaton (Belgium) President: Andrea Rita Horvath (Hungary) President-Elect: Ian Watson (United Kingdom) Secretary: Hans van Pelt (The Netherlands) Treasurer: Peter Schuff-Werner (Germany) Member-at-Large: Kari Pulkki (Finland) Member-at-Large: Mario Pazzagli (Italy) Mariam Klouche (Germany) Sverre Sandberg (Norway) Jean-Claude Libeer (Belgium) Elizabeta Topic (Croatia) Simone Zerah (France) Peter Schuff-Werner (Germany)

6 Structure

7 Goals of EFCC Promotion of science and education within CCLM Improve patient outcomes and the quality and safety of patient care Represent CCLM at European level Represent professional interests of European specialists Promote the profession of laboratory medicine Certify and register professionals in Europe (EC4 Register)

8 Key strategic areas Structure and Organization Representation of the profession at European level Collaboration with other organizations Scientific and research activities (pre-and postanalytical and patient focus) Education and training Quality management Professional affairs

9 EFCC Strategic goals and activity plan 2010-2011

10 Public and Professional Relations Updating and maintaining EFCC contacts Generation of EFCC’s corporate image Supporting EFCC’s publication activity Editing and maintaining EFCC´s website Publishing EFCC´s newsletter ‘Open lab – open mind’


12 Science Committee WG Biological Variation explores the sources of variation in and develops a critical appraisal checklist for papers on biological variation. WG Post-analytical external quality assessment which carries out international surveys amongst general practitioners and investigates how doctors use and interpret laboratory tests commonly used for managing patients in primary care. WG Test Evaluation sets evidence-based standards and develops practical tools for designing research studies for the evaluation of the clinical value and impact of new biomarkers.

13 Science Committee WG Cardiac Markers investigates, via European surveys, how the reporting, interpretation and use of cardiac markers impact on patient outcomes in different countries. WG Creatinine Standardization investigates the effects of IVD 98/79 on creatinine standardisation and the clinical effects of creatinine re-standardisation. WG Guidelines –develops standards for guidelines –assesses the quality and content of guidelines on SMBG –develops guidance for and website on reflective testing

14 Standardisation and improvement of pre-analytical procedures for current and future in-vitro diagnostics. The project is coordinated by QIAGEN GmbH. The SPIDIA project

15 Quality Management Committee Supports the establishment of effective accreditation schemes and quality management systems in all European countries Liaises with ISO, CEN and the European Accreditation body (EA). WG Accreditation and ISO/CEN, represents EFCC in EA, ISO TC212 and CEN TC140. The WG focuses on influencing ISO/CEN standards and harmonisation of accreditation by international surveys, education and training of assessors related to specific professional standards of ISO 15189 and on setting European procedures for accreditation according to the flexible scope. WG IVD Directive, provides guidance for the application of the Directive in laboratory practice and during accreditation of laboratories..

16 organises conferences, educational programs, workshops, courses organises exchange programs, scholarships transfers the knowledge via traditional educational programs, videoconferences and webinars assists collaboration among different professionals in healthcare publish educational materials Education and Training Committee

17 5th Euregio Conference of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 27 March, 2009 Liège Belgium. Euromedlab, Innsbruck, June 7-11, 2009 – two EFCC sessions IFCC-EFCC Course on Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine, 7-11 October, Supetar, Croatia. 5th EFCC Symposium for Balkan Region: Proteins: from electrophoresis to proteomics. 7-10 October. 2009, Belgrade, Serbia 9th EFCC Continuous Postgraduate Course in Clinical Chemistry: New Trends in Classification, Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Diseases. 25-26 October, 2009 Dubrovnik, Croatia WG Congresses and Postgraduate Education

18 European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Croatian Society of Medical Biochemists Slovenian Association for Clinical Chemistry Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik The 10 th EFCC Continuous Postgraduate Course in Clinical Chemistry NEW TRENDS IN CLASSIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF THROMBOPHILIA Under the auspices of 23-24 October 2010 Dubrovnik, Croatia European Thrombosis Research Organization Scholarships are available for young course participants (under 40 years). Grant application form may be downloaded from the web site: Application deadline: July 1st, 2010.


20 The First European Videoconference on Quality in Laboratory Medicine and Accreditation in Medical Laboratories. Paris,12 February 2009. (Paris, Zagreb, Szeged) EFCC / Beckman Coulter Webinar: Prostate Health Index (phi), an Innovation in Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment, March 25, 2010 The Second European Videoconference on Quality in Laboratory Medicine and Accreditation in Medical Laboratories. Paris,12 February 2009. (Paris, Prague) 16 October 2010, Lisbon, Portugal WG Distance and e-learning

21 Aims: –to achieve legal recognition of the Register at European Commission/Parliament level via co-regulation, regulation, an act or a law –to raise the profession’s profile through lobbying of the European Parliament WG EC4Register Commission is independently funded EC4RC is member of CEPLIS –WG on Healthcare: Simone Zerah, Janet Mc Murray, Rob Jansen, Mike Hallworth –WG on education:Thomas Zima from the C-ET CEPLIS assists in liaising with the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee Profession Committee

22 EC4RC activities at EC level The EC4 Register is accepted as an EC-approved self-regulation initiative by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) that provides a common basis for assessing laboratory professionals across the EU. Self-Regulation is a soft-law, i.e. a recommendation of the EC to EU countries The Register is included on the EESC/SMO (Single Market Observatory) database and website:

23 INSCRIPTIONS AU 14.11.05 * Scientists only*** MDs only CountryClinChemEurClinChemFraction Austria 450132,9% Belgium 910404,4% Denmark 120*00,0% Finland 3097323,6% France 10000126512,7% Germany 500*10320,6% Greece 6008514,2% Ireland 151386,7% Italy 40001634,1% Luxembourg 56610,7% Netherlands 3159630,5% Poland 1000121,2% Portugal 1300272,1% Spain 29001394,8% Sweden 120***00,0% United Kingdom 6008313,8% TOTAL 2319521189,1%

24 Publications, surveys, pilots Code of conduct (The European Register for Specialists in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine : Code of Conduct - Version 2 - 2008. Clin Chem Lab Med 2009; 47(3) : 372-375) Guide to EC4 Register (Accepted for publication in CCLM) Revision of the EC4 European Syllabus for post-Graduate Training in Clinical Chemistry and laboratory medicine: Version 3 – 2005. Zerah S. et al. Clin Chem Lab Med 2006;44(1):110 – 120. UEMS-EFCC Questionnaire on the practice and training in LM in Europe Pilot with the Dutch Society linking the EC4 Register and the national official Register

25 On-line application form: Join the EC4 Register!

26 Collaboration with other organizations IFCC EDMA and Corporate members (Beckman, Roche, Abbott, Bio-Rad, BD) UEMS European Council of Liberal Profesions (CEPLIS) European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) Clinical Societies (ESC, ETRO)

27 Awarded every two years “to honour an individual from an EFCC 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” EFCC-Roche Scientific Award for Laboratory Medicine

28 Awarded every two years “to the best published paper, as judged by an independent panel of experts, which demonstrated improved outcomes (clinical and/or economic) arising out of the application or improved utilisation of an in-vitro diagnostics test” The EFCC-Abbott Labs are Vital Award for Excellence in Outcomes Research in Laboratory Medicine


30 EUROMEDLAB Milano 2013 20 th IFCC-EFCC European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine May 2013 Milano Convention Center MIC plus

31 See you in Dubrovnik, Lisbon Berlin, Milan… See you in Europe…!

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