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Laboratory Errors and Patient Safety (WG-LEPS)


Congresses and Conferences       


Quality Indicators Projects    



Terms of Reference

The Education and Management Division (EMD) of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)  has established a 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.
  • Cooperating with other scientific organizations (WHO, AACC, ASCP, etc) for assuring improvements in the field of patient safety.
  • 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           
Time in Office
  Mario Plebani Chair Italy 2nd  2023 01 - 2025 12
  Laura Sciacovelli Member Italy    
  Vincent De Guire Member Canada    
  Keila Furtado Veira Member Brazil    
  Alex Galoro  Member Brazil    
  Wilson  Shcolnik Member Brazil    
  Isabel Garcia del Pino Castro Member Spain    
  Agnes Ivanov Member Estonia    
  Giuseppe Lippi Member Italy    
  Wang Qingtao Member China    
  Zhou Rui Member China    
  Zorica Sumarac Member Serbia    
  Jamie West Member UK    


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)
Sohini Sengupta  Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)
Pieter Vermeersch Royal Belgian Society of Laboratory Medicine (RBSLM)

List of Corresponding Members, nominated by Corporate Members

Name Corporate Members
Randy Schneider ABBOTT Diagnostics


Dr. Laura Sciacovelli
Centre of Biomedical Research
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova

Prof. Mario Plebani
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University-Hospital of Padova
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