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Global trends in quality specifications: a report from the Stockholm Conference

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 In Stockholm a conference entitled: "Strategies to Set Global Quality Specifications in Laboratory Medicine" was held in April 1999. The primary aim in organizing the Conference was to provide a vehicle for reaching consensus on global quality specifications in laboratory medicine. This objective was achieved and a lively constructive debate, after the presentations were complete, led to agreement on the principles laid down in the Consensus Statement. The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) kindly sponsored the Conference but it must be noted that the Consensus Statement reflects the views of the presenters and registrants who participated in the Conference and does not necessarily represent those of the sponsoring bodies. This paper reports on the standardization efforts so far, the Stockholm Consensus Conference, the ISO uncertainty concept and the consensus reality. A hierarchy of quality specifications in laboratory medicine was defined and agreed on.

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Received: 15 April 2000 · Accepted: 15 April 2000

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Kallner, A. Global trends in quality specifications: a report from the Stockholm Conference. Accred Qual Assur 5, 397–398 (2000).

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