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I would like to start by extending a special thank you to all of our volunteers and members. As a not-for-profit membership-based organization, CLSI would be nothing without all the hard work of our talented and dedicated contributors. From taking the time out of your busy schedules to attend meetings and draft documents, to testing new products and helping with educational programs, we at CLSI appreciate everything you do to continue to make the organization thrive as a respected, transformative leader in standards development. I personally thank all of you for your contributions.
This past year has been exciting for CLSI! First of all, the organization was visually enhanced with the implementation of our new branding early in 2013. CLSI then rolled out our new simplified membership structure, which makes it easier for individuals and organizations to take full advantage of the standards, resources, and networking opportunities that CLSI provides.
We published a total of 14 standards this year, created and updated several of our companion products, introduced new products including eM100, and updated products such as the new version of The Key to Quality™. We also launched new educational programs such as the Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) Certificate Program, online continuing education quizzes, and the EP23™ Online Workshop: Risk-Based Tools to Meet IQCP Requirements.
2013 has also brought CLSI more into the digital age. We launched two online Communities—Newborn Screening and Quality Management Systems. The Communities intend to engage users with peers and industry experts on the latest news and happenings within their field.
Over the next few weeks, volunteers working on new/revised documents will start to receive communications providing details on our new standards development workspace, which will replace the current Forums platform. This new platform, CLSI Workspace, will allow users the ability to develop, vote on, and comment on standards through a faster and easier-to-use solution. If you are a Member Delegate, or on a Consensus Committee, Document Development Committee, or Working Group, keep an eye on your e-mail, as announcements and directions will arrive in the coming weeks detailing how to participate on the new platform.
As the year comes to a close, so does my time as CLSI President. I look forward to continuing to work with dedicated members, volunteers, and staff at CLSI events in the future. I am proud to have been involved with the growth of CLSI over the past two years and look forward to its continued evolution in the years to come.
Mary Lou Gantzer, PhD, FACB
President, Board of Directors
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
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Measurement Procedure Comparison and Bias Estimation Using Patient Samples; Approved Guideline—Third Edition
Perform method evaluations according to CLSI standards and ensure that you adhere to regulatory and accreditation requirements.
Quality Management System: Development and Management of Laboratory Documents; Approved Guideline—Sixth Edition (replaces GP02-A5)