May 26, 2016
The IFBLS Board of Directors would like to revitalize and reorganize the previously known Expert Groups. We have changed the name to the Advisory Group in each specialized area, such as the Advisory Group in Microbiology or the Advisory Group in Clinical Chemistry. Each group will be chaired by a Biomedical Laboratory Scientist who is a known expert in the specific discipline. Each group will have 4-5 other discipline specific experts who will assist the chair on various tasks.
IFBLS has a working relationship with the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. We are a Category A liaison to ISO/TC 212 and we want to use the Advisory Groups to assist in document review or projects on behalf of IFBLS.
The experts we want will have published articles in peer reviewed journals and are considered an expert in their respective discipline. We are going to phase in this Advisory Group project and would like to start with one discipline, Microbiology.
We are recruiting members of the Advisory Group in Microbiology. If you are aware of any BLS who would like to become involved in this important endeavor, have them submit a curriculum vitae and a list of the published articles. From these submissions, the Board of Directors will select the most suitable candidates.
This is the start of an exciting collaboration with other BLSs in the world. To be part of a group who help shape standards in laboratory medicine will be a rewarding experience. I hope you will encourage members of your Association to participate in the IFBLS Advisory Groups.