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30 Apr 2012
The IBMS with other professional organsisations have been involved in the Pathology Harmony project to implement standardisation in pathology testing.
Since its establishment in 2007, the Pathology Harmony project has used a pragmatic, scientific process towards the standardisation of pathology testing. The Clinical Chemistry harmony programme is well developed, with Phases I and II of the project culminating, in 2011, with the publication of agreed reference intervals for harmonised analytes.
Their recommendations on the standardisation of FBC reporting are supported by the National Clinical Director for Pathology, the British Committee for Standards in Haematology - Clinical and Laboratory Practice Committee (BCSH – CLPC), the Royal College of Pathologists, the UK National External Quality Assessment Scheme (UK NEQAS), the Association for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Further information on the recommendations are available in an editorial pamphlet released by Pathology Harmony.
IBMS members Professor Keith Hyde, Michelle Brereton, Barbara De la Salle, Alison Hunt, John Ardern, Dan Smith and Carol Briggs have been working with the Pathology Harmony initiative to review current reporting of the Full Blood Count (FBC).