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  • Harmonization of preanalytical phase in Europe

    Anna-Maria SimundicSpeaker: Ana-Maria Simundic (HR)
    Moderator: João Tiago Guimarães (PT)

    Recorded on 21st November at 18:00 CET

    European National Societies, members of EFLM, have agreed in Porto, during the 3rd EFLM-BD European Preanalytical Phase Conference that harmonization of preanalytical practices and policies is necessary and possible in each and every country in Europe as well as internationally, at the European level. The Working group for Preanalytical phase (WG-PRE) of the European Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM), has taken the leading role in this process. The aim of this e-seminar is to present past, ongoing and future WG-PRE activities and various projects which aim is to improve the quality of preanalytical phase in Europe as well as to promote wide harmonization of preanalytical practices, patient safety improvement and reduction of unnecessary waste and healthcare expenses.

    About the speaker

    Prof. ANA-MARIA ŠIMUNDIĆ, specialist in laboratory medicine.

    Since 2011, prof. Simundic is the Chair of the EFLM working group for Preanalytical phase (WG-PRE), since 2011 and also serves as EFLM (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) Executive Board Secretary.

    Moreover, prof. Simundic is the President of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemsitry and Laboratory Medicine and the Editor-in-chief of the Scientific Journal Biochemia Medica, which is the official Journal of Croatian society.

    During her career, she has published over 100 scientific papers and several book chapters and has been invited as a guest speaker at numerous international meetings and conferences.

    She was awarded with the:

    • Best Young Scientist award in 2000
    • Best Research award for 2011, by the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
    • „Per Hyltoft Petersen Award“  for the year 2012, by the Slovak Society of Laboratory Medicine
    • Honorary membership of the Hungarian society for Laboratory medicine in 2012
    Currently, prof. Simundic serves as the Head of the Department for Medical Laboratory Diagnostics of the Clinical Hospital Sveti Duh and teaches Clinical Chemistry at the University of Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry in Zagreb.
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