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CLSI and APHL to Co-Host 11th Annual AST Update Webinars

CLSI and APHL to Co-Host 11th Annual AST Update Webinars

Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—January 2014—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) will co-host the 11th annual educational update webinars for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). The 2014 AST Update webinars are based on the recently updated CLSI standards for AST. This webinar will provide the essential information you need to incorporate the revised breakpoints and new recommendations found in CLSI’s annual update of AST tables, M100-S24—Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing; Twenty-Fourth Informational Supplement, into routine practice to improve detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance.

Webinar speaker, Janet A. Hindler, MCLS MT(ASCP), Senior Specialist, Clinical Microbiology at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, emphasized that the webinar is meant to “highlight the major changes for 2014 including the new ‘susceptible-dose dependent’ interpretive category and streamlined corrective action for weekly out-of-control quality control results.” She added, “We will provide a companion self-assessment tool that reinforces the material presented during the webinar that can be used to support your laboratory’s competency assessment program.”

Webinar information is as follows:

CLSI 2014 AST Update

February 5, 2014 • 1:00–2:30 PM Eastern (US) Time

February 6, 2014 • 3:00–4:30 PM Eastern (US) Time (repeat session)

Learner Level: Intermediate

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the major changes found in CLSI document M100-S24.
  • Design a strategy for implementing the new practice guidelines into their laboratory practices.
  • Develop a communication strategy for informing clinical staff of significant AST and reporting changes.

Register for the upcoming webinars at

APHL is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science P.A.C.E.® Program. Participants who successfully complete each program will be awarded 1.5 P.A.C.E.® continuing education credits. P.A.C.E.® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. Each course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is a not-for-profit membership organization that brings together the varied perspectives and expertise of the worldwide laboratory community for the advancement of a common cause: to foster excellence in laboratory medicine by developing and implementing clinical laboratory standards and guidelines that help laboratories fulfill their responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness, and global applicability. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at or call 610.688.0100.


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