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Help from Constituent Societies for ISO Laboratory Standards Needed
Stewart Bryant of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia is the WASPaLM liaison person to the International Standards Organisation Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 212 (Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems; Quality and competence in the medical laboratory). His report of the January 2014 meeting may be read here. Committee members felt that it would be beneficial for there to be much more input from its liaison organizations.
Dr. Bryant has disseminated his report directly to all WASPaLM societies in an effort to provide a direct mechanism for WASPaLM member input to ISO standards. Dr. Bryant's survey asking for information on how WASPaLM members participate nationally and internationally in the development of Standards has returned responses from only two (the College of American Pathologists and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia).
ISO/TC 212 has a very important role to play in the development of standards for medical laboratories. The liaison WASPaLM has with this Committee is a valuable, direct input to standard setting available to WASPaLM member organizations.
The link to information in the public domain is http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards_development/list_of_iso_technical_committees/iso_technical_committee.htm?commid=54916. Here you will find the remit of the TC, the Standards published and under development, and participating countries. WASPaLM member societies are urged to contact Dr. Bryant to complete the survey and assist WASPaLM in representing them at ISO/TC 212.
Election of officers (except for the Secretary-Treasurer) and Directors of WASPaLM will be finalized by the House of Delegates at the World Congress of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in November 2015. WASPaLM President Dr. Lai-Meng Looi had sent a letter to the Presidents of our Constituent Societies in preparation for the election. The process specified in our By-Laws (Articles of Incorporation) includes several steps. The dates given below are approximate:
- Our Nominating Committee will communicate with our Societies during the period November 2014 through about 1 May 2015 to obtain nominations;
- Nominations received are presented to the Secretary-Treasurer by about 1 May 2015;
- By about 10 May 2015, the Secretary-Treasurer must send recommendations to the Constituent Societies;
- Constituent Societies have 80 days (ending about 31 July 2015) to make additional nominations, each one supported by at least 3 Constituent Societies;
- By approximately 18 August 2015, the Secretary-Treasurer must send out the ballots;
- Ballots must be returned to the chair of the Nominating Committee around 1 October 2015
Constituent Societies should be looking for communications from the Nominating Committee and/or the Secretary-Treasurer related to the election process. Representation through Directors who are members of Constituent Societies from each of the six world regions are very important to WASPaLM governance. The help and participation of our Constituent Societies is greatly appreciated.
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