- Are total error and uncertainty of measurement two sides of the same coin?
Wytze Oosterhuis works as a laboratory physician in Zuyderland Medical Center in Heerlen, The Netherlands. He is member of the EFLM Working Group on Guidelines, a joint activity of EFLM and European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). He is member of the EFLM Working Group on Patient Focused Laboratory Medicine, and the chair of the Task and Finish Group on Total Error. Since 1997 he collaborates for the IFCC Committee on Evidence Based Laboratory Medicine (EBLM). He is lecturer in the IFCC-Abbott visiting lecturer program. He is the delegate for the Dutch laboratory physicians in the UEMS Section of Laboratory Medicine – Medical Biopathology and chair of the Clinical Chemistry division. At national level – within the Netherlands Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine – he is an active member of several working groups (e.g. Clinical Decision Making), and committees (Quality, Guidelines).
- Performance specifications in EQAS
Graham Jones has been senior staff specialist in Chemical Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney since 1997 and also conjoint associate professor and the University of New South Wales. He holds fellowships from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists. He is active professionally both nationally and internationally with special interests in kidney disease, diabetes, quality control, external quality assurance traceability of results and uniform reporting of pathology results.
- Performance specifications in extraanalytical phases
Mario Plebani is Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine, University of Padova. He is Chief of the Dpt. of Laboratory Medicine at the University-Hospital of Padova, Chief of the Center of Biomedical Research (a specialized Center for quality in laboratory medicine for the Veneto Region). He is member of the Board of Management of the University of Padova as Director of the Post-graduate School in Clinical Biochemistry at the Medical School from 2006 to 2012, and President of the Course for Medical Technologists from 2008 to 2012. He served as President of the International Society of Enzymology for four years, as President of the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Clinical Biology for five years and President of the federation of Italian Societies of Laboratory Medicine (FISMeLAB) from 2009 to 2012. He is a member of the Study Group on Biomarkers in Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care and, more recently of the TC - Study group on Biomarkers of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA). Prof. Plebani is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and co-Editor in Chief of Diagnosis and Associate editor of the International Journal of Biological Markers. He has published 880 full papers, more than 900 abstracts and several books and book chapters, HI 64 and an Impact Factor of 877.495 in the last three year. His main areas of research are quality in laboratory medicine, diagnostic and laboratory errors, biomarkers in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and in vitro allergy diagnostics.