The new year has ushered in exciting changes at CLSI, and I am eager to share them with you as the new CLSI President. My name is Jack Zakowski, and I began my term of office on January 1. I also work as the Director of Scientific Affairs and Professional Relations for the Diagnostics Division of Beckman Coulter, Inc. My long background with CLSI in a variety of volunteer and governance roles has given me great satisfaction as we strive to achieve our vision of Quality practices for better health and our mission to Develop clinical and laboratory practices and promote their use worldwide. I hope by the end of this inaugural message you will be as motivated to increase your participation with new CLSI initiatives as I am to serve the organization as President.
CLSI has been busy engaging with many of you through a series of innovative new plans that will continue to ensure the needs of members, volunteers, customers, and laboratory medicine are met. With the launch of our new eCLIPSE Ultimate Access™ online document library and the new Health System membership, CLSI now provides system-wide document access for multiple laboratory sites under a single membership. This is a highly cost-effective option for members to increase awareness to CLSI documents across their organization and streamline the manner in which the information is delivered. The new eCLIPSE platform improves searching across the document library and allows users to personalize their experience with documents, collaborate with colleagues through various tools, and access needed information at any time.
M100S: ONLINE AND FREE
With the recent publication of the 26th edition of M100S, Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, CLSI published a publicly available online version of this gold standard in antimicrobial susceptibility testing, in addition to the convenient paper and PDF versions. To ensure this valuable information reaches the widest audience, CLSI is committed to providing M100 in a variety of formats to satisfy working preferences and the needs of different laboratory environments.
CLSI STRATEGIC PLAN
In order to extend our mission throughout all facets of the organization, the CLSI Board of Directors has initiated a planning process to update the Strategic Plan. These updates will further advance organizational plans to develop high-quality, applicable standards, education programs, and other valuable products and services that meet the needs of our members and customers. As part of this process, our newly created Consensus Council has been charged with thoroughly reviewing the CLSI document library.
On January 1, CLSI welcomed a new committee structure for standards development that included appointment of the Consensus Council. The Consensus Council will serve as CLSI’s consensus body, preside over standards development processes, and ensure that all standards development activities are aligned with Board-directed organizational priorities and the mission of the organization.
To provide our members and customers with the “right information at the right time,” and to effectively manage CLSI’s resources, the Board charged the Consensus Council with optimizing our portfolio. The list of documents identified for immediate action to withdraw from the portfolio can be reviewed here on the CLSI website.
Providing access to needed, up-to-date information in a timely manner is of great importance to our mission, and we feel this process undertaken by the Consensus Council will support the needs of our members and customers. I look forward to highlighting next month how the portfolio optimization will drive changes in the standards development process and the volunteer experience.
Jack Zakowski, PhD, FACB