The history behind World Standards Day began in 1946, when a group of representatives from more than 26 countries and the United Nations Standards Committee met to discuss international standards. This meeting led to the formation of the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) in 1947 and the first published ISO standard (ISO/R 1:1951 Standard Reference Temperature for Industrial Length Measurements), in 1951.
Laboratory standards improve testing quality and accuracy and contribute to the development of new diagnostic tools and methods to advance health and prevent the spread of disease. At CLSI, it’s our mission to develop clinical and laboratory practices and standards and to promote their use worldwide. Our consensus process ensures balanced representation from the global laboratory community to create unbiased standards that can be confidently adopted by laboratories, clinicians, regulatory agencies, and industry throughout the world.
We are indebted to the thousands of subject matter experts that serve on our document development committees, working groups, and expert panels, as well as the 25,000 members that support our organization.