CLSI Blog Articles

Read the latest articles about CLSI and laboratory standards in the official CLSI Blog. Browse our most recent blog articles below.

How CLSI Got the QSEs

By Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE, Laboratories Made Better! The “Quality System Essentials (QSEs)” have been part of CLSI’s lexicon since it was still NCCLS—and now for almost 20 years—but the phrase was not invented by this organization’s volunteers. In the mid-1990s, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started citing blood banks and transfusion services for violating the good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulation, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) began integrating these requirements into their Standards publications and accreditation assessments...

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CLSI Furthers Its Mission

Last month the US Food & Drug Administration launched a new website that will make it easier for prescribers to give their patients the most accurate antimicrobial treatment. They’ll base this information, in part, on the data provided in several of CLSI’s antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) standards. This new and improved way of providing breakpoint information to laboratories will help CLSI further its mission to develop clinical and laboratory practices and promote their use worldwide.

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Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Over a dozen types of infections from bacteria in the United States are now resistant to all or nearly all known drugs. These include Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea; methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and a strain of gonorrhea. Public health experts warn that left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will surpass cancer as one of the world’s biggest killers, claiming 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

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President's Message - December 2017

A message from CLSI President, Jack Zakowski, PhD, FACB, wishing CLSI members and volunteers a happy holiday season and welcoming incoming President Mr. Carl Mottram, RRT, RPFT, FAARC.

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Today is World AIDS Day

Today, December 1, 2017, we acknowledge World AIDS Day. To complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme "Right to health,” the World Health Organization (WHO) will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage. According to the WHO, Universal health coverage means that all people receive the health services they need without experiencing financial hardship, including access to the full range of HIV services. The World Health Organization is using the slogan “Everybody counts.”

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