Advancing excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide

Analytical Quality (C-AQ)


Name Position Country Term Time in Office
A. Thomas Chair UK 2nd 2020 01 - 2022 12
G. Antonelli Member IT 1st 2019 02 - 2021 12
T. Badrick Member AU 1st  2020 02 - 2022 12
Q. Meng Member CA 2nd 2019 01 - 2021 12 
L. Khorovskaya Member  RU 2nd 2020 01 - 2022 12

Mission statement

To promote the education and training of laboratory professionals on international standards and practices of analytical quality in clinical laboratories.

Terms of reference

To provide education and training on the various aspects of analytical quality in the clinical laboratory which include:

  • methods and instrument validation
  • traceability concepts
  • measurement uncertainty
  • internal quality control procedures
  • external quality assessment programmes
  • pre and post-analytical variables

To address the educational and training needs of emerging nations on analytical quality.

Education and training will be provided in many ways including:

  • written material
  • electronic teaching
  • workshops and seminars
  • invited lectures
  • consultations

To collaborate with other IFCC Committees or Working Groups to achieve these aims projects:

  • Maintain a directory of global EQA providers.
  • To identify, evaluate and maintain educational resource library on Analytical Quality.
  • To organize and deliver workshops on Analytical Quality
  • To produce monographs on Quality to address the needs of developing countries.

On going activities

EQA set up consultation
If a country (or sub-Regional group) requests advice or assistance (in several languages) on how to establish an EQA scheme, C-AQ can provide advice, educational materials and training, either from the Committee or by recommending appropriate experts/mentors.

Support of Visiting Lecture Program (VLP)
Supporting EMD in reviewing applications which include quality elements and providing or suggesting appropriate lecturers, often together with C-CLM, EMD and/or DQCML.

Web site as an educational resource
Maintaining the resources of this C-AQ website to provide a convenient starting point to identify and access relevant educational resources on all aspects of analytical quality.

Directory of National EQA contacts
Maintain an updated list of appropriate EQA schemes and contact details for each country. Please click on this link for further information: Directory of EQA Services

Provide content for distance-learning (e-learning) on analytical quality topics
Contributing quality-related materials and learning outcomes for inclusion into eAcademy.  

Current projects

Develop a set of “Quality Ladder” monographs for  low and middle income countries.

Support the development of Patient-Based Real Time Quality Control (PBRTQC).  A separate working group has been developed to undertake this activity.  (Link for further information).

Past achievements 

Publications and Resources


List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Full Member Societies

Name Full Member Society
Francisco Edison Pacifici Guimarães Brazilian Society of Clinical Analyses
Solveig Linko Finnish Society of Clinical Chemistry
Ruth Tor
Israel Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Massimo Tocchini Italian Society of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology
Ryosuke Kikuchi Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry 
Dalius Vitkus Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
Ishiaq Omotosho Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Nusrat Alavi Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathologists 
Svetlana Ignjatovic Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia 
Muhittin Serdar Turkish Biochemical Society
Patricia Esperon Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya 
Anne Vassault Société Francaise de Biologie Clinique
Saswati Das Association of Medical Biochemists of India (AMBI)
Cecilia Etchegoyen Confederacion Unificada Bioquimica de la Republica Argentina (CUBRA)
Shyamali Pal Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

Name Company
Tricia Ravalico                       Abbott Laboratories
Jennifer Cheek Siemens Healthineers
Gitte Wennecke                      Radiometer

Committee Chair's contact:

Dr. Annette Thomas

Director, Quality Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

Unit 6, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen

Cardiff CF14 5DU





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