CLSI recognizes and responds to our users’ evolving needs. With more than 1,700 institutional, individual, and organizational members from over 70 countries, there is tremendous value in the individual and collective perspectives of our membership. Our mission would not be possible without our outstanding members and volunteers, who are the voices that develop and promote the use of consensus-based standards for the laboratory community. We are delivering our standards in new and engaging ways in order to expand our culture of laboratory excellence around the world.
I am pleased to provide you with a snapshot of some exciting news within the CLSI community.
Recognizing Our Volunteers
I had the pleasure of collaborating with our dedicated Awards Committee in the selection of this year’s CLSI Excellence Awards recipients. Each year CLSI recognizes peer-nominated member organizations and individual volunteers who have significantly contributed to the CLSI standards development process. I would like to personally congratulate the recipients. Thank you for your time and dedication to CLSI. Without you, our shared mission would not be possible.
Enhancing the CLSI Document Library
CLSI is leveraging new technology to improve the accessibility and usability of our documents online. Recently, CLSI launched an enhanced version of eCLIPSE Ultimate Access™, our online document library. The enhanced platform delivers greater functionality through a more user-friendly interface. Among the many new features are interactive tools that allow users to add personalized notes and bookmarks to documents, as well as quickly search for key words throughout the entire CLSI library.
Raising Laboratory Standards Worldwide
Our CLSI Global Health Partnerships (GHP) team continues to achieve significant quality improvements through its work around the world. The team is currently active in 22 countries with over 60 volunteers working to improve the quality of laboratory practices in the international community. Most recently, CLSI Director of Global Health Partnerships, Patrick Mateta, played a key role in the accreditation process for laboratories in Tanzania. CLSI trained 54 individuals on their integral role in the implementation of a quality management system that complies with the ISO 15189 international clinical laboratory accreditation standard.
Delivering Relevant Updates on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing for Microbiologists
I am happy to direct your attention to the newly published Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) News Update. This semiannual newsletter highlights and directs readers to educational materials about the recommendations published in CLSI AST documents. It is developed by the AST Outreach Working Group, whose formation originated in a desire to efficiently convey information regarding contemporary AST practices, recommendations, and resources to the clinical microbiology community. The information in each issue is provided through articles, case studies, self-study programs, and webinars.
I look forward to continuing to work together with all of our members and volunteers to raise the standard for laboratory excellence around the world.
Jack Zakowski, PhD, FACB