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The Greek way to the Register: the establishment and operation of the Register for Clinical Chemists-Clinical Biochemists in Greece

Demetrios Rizos, Photini Karababa, Chara Nikolou, Angeliki Sarandakou, Othon Panagiotakis, Angeliki Ferderigou, Alexander Haliassos, Konstantinos Makris, Katerina Psarra, Eleni Bairaktari, Panagiota Spyropoulou, Nikolaos Galiatsatos, Nikolaos Trakas, Konstantin Seferiadis and (Greek National Clinical Chemistry Registration Commission)


In Greece, there is no officially organized training in clinical chemistry for scientists. The Greek Society of Clinical Chemistry-Clinical Biochemistry (GSCC-CB), following the encouragement of the EC4/RC decided to organize a voluntary Register for specialists in clinical chemistry. The following criteria for registration were defined: 1) University degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy or other relevant subject. 2) A total of 9 years of university studies and postgraduate specialization in clinical chemistry-clinical biochemistry. 3) A minimum of 4 years of postgraduate specialization in clinical chemistry-clinical biochemistry on the job. 4) The candidate must be practicing clinical chemistry-clinical biochemistry in a laboratory in a medical environment in Greece. The postgraduate specialization in clinical chemistry-clinical biochemistry includes the laboratory training and the theoretical education. The laboratory training is organized by the GSCC-CB according to the Professional Training Dossier. The theoretical education was organized in a series of 18 “Seminars” which was the content of the “Educational program” of the GSCC-CB. Successful completion of the Educational program leads to a Certificate of Competence. The Greek Register has gained equivalence with the EC4 Register and it has 218 members, more than 80 of whom are European clinical chemists.

Corresponding author: Demetrios Rizos, PhD, EurClinChem, Assist. Prof. of Clinical Chemistry, Medical School, University of Athens Hormone Laboratory, “Aretaieion” Hospital, 76, Vas. Sophias Avenue, 115 28 Athens, Greece Phone/Fax: +0030-210-7286229

Received: 2011-5-13
Accepted: 2011-7-29
Published Online: 2011-8-30
Published in Print: 2011-12-1

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