Sharing information on reference materials and reference methods in haematology


Representatives from the JCTLM and the International Council for Standardization in Haematology (ICSH) recently held a two-day workshop to share information and to explore the potential for closer collaboration. The meeting was also attended by colleagues from Physikalische-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany, who have been developing reference measurement procedures for clinical haematology. The agenda for the meeting included:

  • Reference material for haemiglobincyanide for blood haemoglobin measurement
  • Recommended candidate reference measurement method for platelet counting
  • Blood cell counting reference measurement methods listed in the JCTLM database (PTB)
  • Total haemoglobin reference measurement method using an isotope dilution principle (PTB)
  • Option appraisal for closer working between the key stakeholders in method standardization in haematology

All attendees agreed that the meeting had been a valuable opportunity to share information on current projects and to move towards a common approach to reference materials and reference methods in haematology. The dialogue will be continued in the autumn when JCTLM representatives will attend the ICSH General Assembly.

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