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IFCC Task Force on COVID-19


Name Position Country Term Time in Office
Giuseppe Lippi  Chair IT 1st 2020 03 - 2022 12
Andrea Horvath Member AU 1st 2020 03 - 2022 12
David Koch Member US 1st 2020 03 - 2022 12
Nicasio Mancini Member IT 1st 2020 04 - 2022 12
Sunil Sethi Member SG 1st 2020 03 - 2022 12
Cheng-Bin Wang Member CN 1st 2020 04 - 2022 12
KY Yuen Member HK 1st 2020 04 - 2022 12

NEW: SARS-COV-2 Variants Working Group


The leading objectives of this TF encompass the provision of regular updates on epidemiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnostics of COVID-19, the development of practical recommendations for harmonizing the use of diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and biosafety measures for managing the specimens, as well as the organization of international studies to improve the knowledge on pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapeutic management of COVID-19.


Terms of reference

  • Establish and maintain an IFCC e-learning platform on COVID-19 (“IFCC Information Guide on COVID-19”), which provides regular updates on epidemiology, pathogenesis and laboratory testing of COVID-19;
  • Provide tentative guidance and consensus documents for harmonizing the use of diagnostic and serological tests for COVID-19;
  • Provide tentative guidance for harmonizing biosafety measures during management of COVID-19 specimens by clinical laboratories;
  • Address clinical, technical and organizational perspectives of laboratory-based and POC testing in COVID-19 patients and provide guidelines/recommendation when feasible;
  • Integrate data on COVID-19 laboratory abnormalities from all over the world, and promoting or coordinating new studies;
  • Evaluate opportunities, risks and safety of using non-conventional biological materials for diagnosing COVID-19;
  • Establish and maintain efficient distance learning channels, with organization of webinars and providence of other informative material;
  • Maintain a repository of scientific articles on laboratory testing for diagnosing, prognosticating and monitoring COVID-19.


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Experts Consultants

Name Affiliation
Massimo Clementi University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan (Italy)
William D. Rawlinson The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick (Australia)



Corresponding Members nominated by IFCC Regional Federations



Name Regional Federation
Osama Najjar Arab Federation of Clinical Biology (AFCB)
Rajiv Erasmus African Federation of Clinical Chemistry (AFCC)
Gye Cheol Kwon Asia-Pacific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (APFCB)
María Elizabeth Menezes   Latin-American Confederation of Clinical Biochemistry (COLABIOCLI)




Corresponding Members nominated by IFCC Corporate Members

Name Corporate Members
Robert Mueller ABBOTT Diagnostics
Matthias Grimmler DIASYS Diagnostic Systems 
Krishna Singh SIEMENS Healthineers
Maurizio Gramegna TECHNOGENETICS




Chair's Contact

Prof. Giuseppe Lippi
Full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Verona
Director, Service of Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital of Verona
Secretary of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM)
Executive Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Translational Medicine
Editor in Chief, Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine
Associate Editor, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Associate Editor, Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis


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