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IFCC - Education and Management Division

Working Group: Laboratory Errors and Patient Safety

9.3.8. Laboratory Errors and Patient Safety (WG-LEPS)

Terms of references
The Education and Management Division (EMD) of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)  has recently established a new Working Group on “Laboratory errors and patient safety” (WG-LEPS 9.3.8).
The WG mission is to stimulate studies on the topic or errors in laboratory medicine, to collect available data on this topic and to recommend strategies and procedures to improve patient safety.
According to the Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, Sir Liam Donaldson, established by the WHO in 2004, “a focus on addressing errors in laboratory medicine is an important element of the international agenda on patient safety. Timely and accurate laboratory test results are a cornerstone of effective diagnosis and treatment of patients” (Clin Chem Lab Med 2007; 45(6): 697-9).
In the last few years a body of evidence has been collected to demonstrate that many of the errors in laboratory medicine occur in the pre- and post-analytical phases of laboratory testing. Therefore, improving the safety of laboratory testing requires a detailed understanding of the steps involved in the total testing process to identify the hierarchy of risks and challenges to be addressed.
Patient safety is increasingly recognised as a serious problem that requires a globally led approach and the IFCC WG-LEPS should be a tool to improve the knowledge in the field at an international level, and to recommend the development and application of standardised operating protocols.

Current Projects
Improving awareness of laboratory professionals regarding the topic of errors and patient safety.
Implementing pilot studies to evaluate laboratory errors frequency and types.
Implementing projects for error reduction through the design of safer procedures and processes.
Organizing meetings and scientific sessions on the topic of laboratory errors and patient safety.
Supporting the publications of papers on the topic of laboratory errors and patient safety in scientific journals and monographies.
Name Position Country Term Time in Office
Mario Plebani Chair Italy 2023 01 - 2025 12
Laura Sciacovelli Past Chair Italy
Alex Galoro Member Brasil
Vincent De Guire Member Canada
Keila Furtado Veira Member Brazil
Isabel Garcia del Pino Castro Member Spain
Agnes Ivanov Member Estonia
Giuseppe Lippi Member Italy
Sohini Sengupta Member India
Wang Qingtao Member China
Zhou Rui Member China
Zorica Sumarac Member Serbia
Jamie West Member UK
Wilson Shcolnik Member Brasil
List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies
Name Full and Affiliate Member Societies
Michael Vogeser German United Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Valdas Banys Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Olatubunsun Olawale Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Hemachandra Weerawarna Association for Clinical Biochemistry, Sri Lanka
Cihan Coskun Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS)
Carlos Lacava Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya (ABU)
Pieter Vermeersch Royal Belgian Society of Laboratory Medicine(RBSLM)
List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members
Name Corporate Members
Randy Schneider ABBOTT Diagnostics
Prof. Mario Plebani
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova
Tel.: +39 049 8212792
Fax: +39 049 663240
Dr. Laura Sciacovelli
Centre of Biomedical Research
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova