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Harmonisation Workshop 2012

Held 4-5 May 2012

Accordingly the AACB organised a workshop at the AACB Office in Sydney on May 4 & 5 for representatives from all the major hospitals/networks and pathology organisations in all states and territories of Australia, and from New Zealand. The aim of the workshop was for everyone to develop a better understanding of the various physiological factors which affect reference intervals. This understanding is a pre-requisite for us to reach a scientific consensus on what intervals we should use across Australasia.

The meeting was highly successful with approximately 60 delegates including pathologists, scientists and industry attending the meeting and the AACB thanks all participants for their support and input into the meeting.

From the discussions that took place at the Workshop we believe we are very close to being able to use a single reference interval for a substantial number of the commonly measured analytes. For others more investigative work is required but we do not see any major barriers to achieving our goal for a larger number of tests in the not too distant future.

The process used for setting the reference interval requires that the workshop discussions are documented, including summaries of the data on which the interval is based and the people involved in setting the interval.

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