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Your expertise is in demand. Grab a seat at the table with your colleagues in the health care community and help develop the next generation of medical laboratory testing standards.

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How CLSI Standards Are Developed

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"If you're a person who cares about laboratory medicine, about the quality of the results that get to the patient...you really need to volunteer."

Andrew Quintenz
Board of Directors Member, CLSI
Global Scientific & Professional Affairs Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

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Laboratory Testing for Lyme Borreliosis, 1st Edition

CLSI M70 will describe the principles, strengths, limitations, appropriate use, results reporting, and proper interpretation of available tests and testing algorithms for Lyme borreliosis. It will describe recommended practices to detect intrathecal antibody production, validation of new methods, and establishment of quality control and quality assurance programs. This guideline will also provide practical assistance with implementing test menu changes and introducing the modified two-tier testing algorithm. Because there are differences in the approach to Lyme disease testing between North America and Europe, this guideline will address these differences and highlight recommended practices based on geographical location. This guideline will not address laboratory testing in a veterinary setting, nor laboratory analysis of vectors (ie, ticks). It also will not address laboratory-developed tests or validation of these assays.

Timeline for this project

May 2024: Virtual inaugural meeting
June 2024 to November 2025: Drafting of document (higher-intensity volunteer time period)
May 2025 to July 2025: Voting period for draft document
August 2025 to October 2025: Revision of draft based on comments received during voting
March 2026: Expected publication date

Apply on or before 18 March 2024.

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If selected, you’ll be notified about your committee position and start date via e-mail. You can learn more about the volunteer process at our Standards Development Process page.

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Our volunteers come from diverse professional backgrounds and include health care, government, and industry professionals with the common goal of improving the quality of medical laboratory testing.

  • Familiarity with CLSI’s standards.
  • Experience in that area of laboratory science (varies by opportunity).
  • Ability to work well in a group setting during the time frames listed on the opportunity.
  • You don’t need an advanced degree to participate.

Payment of an annual administrative fee is required for participation on CLSI committees. If you or your organization is a member of CLSI, the annual fee is included in your membership dues and no additional payment is required. More information on CLSI membership can be found here.

What to Expect

On average, it takes 18-24 months to complete a CLSI document. As a committee volunteer, you are asked to commit to participating for the duration of the project. 

Volunteers meet regularly—in person and via conference call—throughout the development process to review the draft document, discuss and resolve issues related to the document's content, and to make sure the committee is on schedule with respect to the document development timeline.

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Groups & Committees

Working Groups

CLSI's working groups focus on tasks that support the work of a subcommittee. A working group's assignment is usually limited in scope. They can include writing a document, a section of a document, or conducting a technical study. 



Subcommittees are responsible for documents in a topic area. They write draft documents, evaluate and respond to comments on content throughout the document development process, conduct scheduled document reviews, and may be responsible for continual revision of certain documents.


Document Development Committees

Comprised of a balanced representation from government, industry, and the health care professions, a CLSI document development committee is a group of technical experts who work together to develop a CLSI document.


Expert Panels

Expert panels are responsible for identifying and proposing projects and advising the Consensus Council on their suitability. Their focus is on reviewing, commenting on, and voting on documents within their area of expertise. 


Consensus Council

The Consensus Council sets priorities for and manages CLSI standards development and identifies continual improvement opportunities for standards development-related processes. The Consensus Council also votes on Final Draft documents to confirm adherence to process requirements.


Board of Directors

The CLSI Board of Directors fulfills CLSI's mission by supervising, controlling, and directing CLSI's affairs; assuring the integrity of the voluntary consensus process.



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