May/June issue of EuroLabNews!

1. Foreword

Reported by Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Editor EFLM EuroLabNews

The release of this present issue during an unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the determination of the EFLM to reach out to all its Members and National Societies. The EFLM is committed to forward its mission and meet challenges even during these trying times. As a regular column, our Hot Topic is on the importance of Communication between the Clinical Laboratory and the Clinicians. Avi Peretz, the President of the Israel Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences emphasises the topic as a key for proper medical care. The EFLM Executive Board and Communication Committee summarizes its activities and creativity to keep up with its day to day running and meet ends with the most innovative means. Christa Cobbaert, the EFLM observer in the IVD Working Group, reports postponement of the EU Medical Device Regulation to May of the coming year. Recent key publications of the EFLM Working Group on Biological Variation (EuBIVAS) are summarized using infographics by Lejla Alic, Aleksei Tikhonov, and Adina Hutana, all are dedicated members of the EFLM WG-PP. Although the Coronavirus is keeping us from travelling, the EFLM WG for eLearning and Distance Education is committed to keep us abreast with the latest know-how using the extraordinarily compiled EFLM Academy webinars, the next on Urinalysis will be presented by Dr Jose A.T. Poloni, and is scheduled for the 30th of June at 18:00 CET, don't forget to mark your calendar. If you have missed out on your favourite topics, past webinars are also just a click away. The Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine reports their latest activities. Our regular IFCC corner is highlighted by the announcement of the new IFCC President. Congratulations Prof. Khosrow Adeli. Although with a remark on uncertainty of events in the near future, the Calendar of Events lists all upcoming events in our field. The EFLM Newsletter team wishes all our readers good health!