Graham Beastall passes on his staff and his mantle at the JCTLM

09/02/2020

 

Humans are social “animals”. The ability to create and maintain environment for confident cooperation at the campfire including the sharing of ideas, conflict resolution and loyalties, have been keys to human development, wellbeing, and survival throughout the ages. Some individuals are particularly well suited for these important tasks. They are the quiet and altruistic glue that provides coherence to society. Frequently, members of this group clear new roads despite personal risks involved both in the personal- and in the professional spheres.

To me Graham Beastall is clearly amongst this group of special individuals. In addition to his numerous formal professional roles of high standing in the ACB, EC4, IFCC and in the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM) he has taken the time to inspire the rest of us to shoulder responsibilities that we sometimes were neither competent nor capable of shouldering on our own. Well lead and together with others projects were brought to fruition.

Ten years ago, and under the heading “Inspiring minds”, Misia Landau summarized the history, life and career of Graham in a uniquely factual and warm manner (Clinical Chemistry 56:5 867–868 (2010)). Grahams altruism shines appropriately through her text.

The reader will know that the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM) is an international consortium with headquarters at the BIPM in Paris that promotes the global standardization of clinical laboratory test results, and provides information on reference materials, reference measurement methods and services that are available from around the world. The JCTLM was established in 2002 in response to the implementation of the European Community Directive 98.79/EC on in vitro medical devices. JCTLM supports global comparability and reliability of measurement results in laboratory medicine. Graham Beastall has since 2016 served as the first chair of the JCTLM Traceability Education & Promotion Working Group tasked with producing educational materials and activities promoting the value of traceability in laboratory medicine and raising awareness amongst stakeholders. Amongst Graham Beastalls many lasting accomplishments in this role is the creation of the web presence of the JCTLM (http://www.jctlm.org ), educational materials and the semi-annual JCTLM meetings/workshops arranged at the BIPM in Paris. The next such meeting is planned for December 6th and 7th, 2021 (http://www.jctlm.org/media/1149/workshop-on-challenges-for-standardization-web-20200711.pdf).

All of us in the JCTLM Traceability Education & Promotion Working Group that have had the favor of working with Graham Beastall thank him for his productive leadership and friendship over the years and wish him all the best in his continued endeavors.

Elvar Theodorsson


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