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History

In 1989, the EU BCR (Bureau communautaire de référence) organized a first meeting between EQAS organizers involved in biochemistry and hormonology.
Later on also meetings were organized between EQAS organizers in haematology and also one meeting for microbiology EQAS organizers.
With exception of the first group there were no long-term outcome effects from these meetings.
The biochemistry and hormology group started already in January 1990 with EQAnews and with informal meetings at the occasion of international and national congresses.

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EQAnews

This periodical aimed to create a forum between EQAS organizers worldwide. There were contributions published on quality assurance in all fields of clinical pathology.
Since August 2012, EQAnews has been replaced by a Newsletter.

Newsletter 2012-1  

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Working Groups

Under the initiative of Adam Uldall (Denmark) several working groups were created who published 9 papers in the European Journal of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.
These papers are trend-setting publications in the field of clinical chemistry EQAS. They were also published as the February issue of EQAnews in 2000; here is also found more detailes of the early history of EQA-collaboration.

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Collaboration

The informal collaboration between European EQAS organizers was formalized in 1996 in Pont à Mousson (France) having the inaugural meeting with the foundation of EQALM (European committee for External Quality Assessment Programmes Laboratory Medicine). This is an umbrella organisation for European EQA organizers. EQAnews is now the house journal of EQALM.

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Events

In collaboration with IFCC analytical quality committee EQALM organized several scientific meetings
At the occasion of the worldwide IFCC congress in London (1996) and Florence (1999) a whole day symposium was organized related to EQAS (in all fields). A "PT workshop" was organised in collaboration with EURACHEM in Borås (Sweden) in September 2000.
In 2001, EQALM organized a post-congress symposium in relation to the Euromedlab congress in Prague.
Each year a general assembly meeting is organized:

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