March-April 2020

1. Foreword

by Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Editor EFLM EuroLabNews

Harjit Pal Bhattoa

This spring issue of the EuroLabNews commences with a very relevant and exact up to date on the current global COVID-19 viral outbreak by Giuseppe Lippi and Ana-Maria Simundic. It reiterates the importance of pan-European collaboration. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) announce free access to a series of European Standards for medical devices and protective equipment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. EFLM bursaries for the EFLMLabX are an attractive must for all seeking special training abroad. The 3rd EFLM Strategic Conference “Demand Management”, to be held in late November, 2020, is an event where all professionals in the Laboratory field would want to be. Change of guard is reported by the National Societies of France and Ukraine. The Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine announce their latest professional endeavours. As usual, the IFCC corner summarizes happenings in Laboratory Medicine with a global perspective. The Calendar of Events not only lists all events in our field but also calls attention on postponements and possible cancellation of events. And above all, the EFLM Newsletter team wishes all our readers good health, keep safe!