Collective opinion paper on findings of the 2010 convocation of experts on laboratory quality

Clin Chem Lab Med. 2011 May;49(5):793-802. doi: 10.1515/CCLM.2011.149. Epub 2011 Mar 3.


As a part of a series of yearly meeting, in May 2010 over 40 medical laboratory opinion leaders, pathologists, clinical biochemists and physicians from Europe, Israel and South Africa gathered together in Bardolino, Italy to discuss issues and current challenges for laboratory medicine, including a) the use of biological variation 10 years after the Stockholm Conference; b) achieving quality in point-of-care testing; c) assessing risk and controlling sources of error in the laboratory; d) determining the appropriate frequency of quality control; and f) putting laboratory medicine at the core of patient care. The intended goal of the convocation was to give laboratory professionals from different countries and backgrounds the opportunity to share ideas, concerns and experiences in previously mentioned areas of interest. This paper provide a synopsis of the reports from each working group.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Data Mining
  • Documentation*
  • Expert Testimony*
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Informatics
  • Laboratories / organization & administration
  • Laboratories / standards*
  • Patient Care
  • Point-of-Care Systems / standards
  • Quality Control
  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic
  • Reference Values
  • Research Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Teaching
  • Time Factors


  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic