November/December 2020 EuroLabNews

1. Foreword

Reported by Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Editor EFLM EuroLabNews
The EFLM President Ana-Maria Simundic inaugurates this years final EuroLabNews issue with her Season’s Greetings and recaps this quite eventful years happenings. Christa Cobbaert and Michael Neumaier, co-chairs EFLM Task Force European Regulatory Affairs, are the authors of this issue’s Hot Topic Column, present the challenges implicated in the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation. Giuseppe Lippi, EFLM Executive Board Secretary, informs the readers about the postponement of the EuroMedLab 2021 conference. Aasne Karine Aarsand, Chair of the EFLM WG “Biological Variation” and Sverre Sandberg, Chair of the EFLM TG “Biological Variation Database” remember Thomas Roraas who passed away unexpectedly as a pioneer of various indispensible mathematic models. Alexander von Meyer, Chair EFLM Working Group “Preanalytical Phase” reports on preanalytic errors in the Emergency Departments with an invitation to participate in a survery. Eser Sozmen, Chair EFLM Working Group “Congresses and Postgraduate Education” introduces the EFLM Speakers’ Bureau, please take their survey to help improve their mission. Silvia Cattaneo, EFLM office reports on the latest vacancy in the EFLM. As a regular column in the EuroLabNews, dedicated members of the EFLM WG Promotions and Publications present recent state of the art EFLM publications with ingenious infographics. The Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and the Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine report their latest activities. The IFCC corner presents the IFCC Presidents’ Message along with a number of vacancies at the IFCC. The Calendar of Events lists all major happenings in our field but please a close eye on the dates. Despite the odds, the dedicated EFLM Newsletter team has tried its best to keep the readership informed on all important events in the EFLM, and we all wish our readers good health, a peaceful festive season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.