This article describes the recent activities of the European Communities Confederation of Clinical Chemistry (EC4).
Main goal of EC4 is harmonization of clinical chemistry in the European Union and Europe.
EC4's actions connected to that are training and registration of professionals, and accreditation of laboratories.
The 35000 professionals practising clinical chemistry in the EU have different backgrounds (medical, pharmaceutical, science-oriented, veterinary, or microbiological).
Thus, for the harmonization of training of clinical chemists, EC4 has published a European Syllabus for Postgraduate Training, and instituted a European Union Register for Clinical Chemists.
The Syllabus is an indication of the level of requirements in postgraduate training.
The EC4 initiative to implement the European Register for Clinical Chemists is based on the 8 years vocational training necessary to obtain sufficient knowledge in clinical chemistry according to the European Syllabus.
A guide to the EC4 Register has been published ; registration leads to the title European Clinical Chemist (EurClinChem).
The accreditation of laboratories must be based on a total quality management system.
EC4 has described guidelines (essential criteria) which it judges appropriate for establishing the quality of medical laboratory service ; it does not wish to fulfil the role of an accrediting body. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Union européenne, Biologie clinique, Biochimie, Harmonisation, Assurance qualité, Registre, Accréditation, Normalisation, Activité professionnelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : European Union, Clinical biology, Biochemistry, Harmonization, Quality assurance, Register, Accreditation, Standardization, Professional activity
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0350511
Code Inist : 002B24O14. Création : 14/12/1999.