“In recent times it has become clear to the users and commissioners of hospital diagnostic services that there are differences in reference intervals and units of measurement between laboratories.
We, in the profession, recognise that there are sometimes genuine scientific reasons for these differences, for example differences in local populations or analytical methodology.
However, it is important to differentiate those analytes for which there is no clearly identifiable reason for a difference.” (UK Pathology Harmony Group, Clinical Biochemistry Outcomes, January 2011)
One of the AACB's major strategies is to facilitate the validation and implementation of "harmonised" reference intervals, initially for the more commonly requested tests, across Australasia.
We see this as a significant step forward in providing improved patient care and outcomes.
Common reference intervals will become increasingly relevant with the advent of the electronic medical record.
Jill Tate (Chair)