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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter March 16, 2012

The EC4 European Syllabus for Post-Graduate Training in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: version 4 – 2012

  • Gijsbert Wieringa EMAIL logo , Simone Zerah , Rob Jansen , Ana-Maria Simundic , José Queralto , Bogdan Solnica , Damien Gruson , Karel Tomberg , Leena Riittinen , Hannsjörg Baum , Jean-Philippe Brochet , Gerald Buhagiar , Charis Charilaou , Camelia Grigore , Anders H. Johnsen , Janos Kappelmayer , Nada Majkic-Singh , Giuseppe Nubile , John O’Mullane , Matthias Opp , Silvija Pupure , Jaroslav Racek , Henrique Reguengo , Demetrios Rizos , Dunja Rogic , Július Špaňár , Greta Štrakl , Thomas Szekeres , Kamen Tzatchev , Dalius Vitkus , Pierre Wallemacq and Hans Wallinder


Laboratory medicine’s practitioners across the European community include medical, scientific and pharmacy trained specialists whose contributions to health and healthcare is in the application of diagnostic tests for screening and early detection of disease, differential diagnosis, monitoring, management and treatment of patients, and their prognostic assessment. In submitting a revised common syllabus for post-graduate education and training across the 27 member states an expectation is set for harmonised, high quality, safe practice. In this regard an extended ‘Core knowledge, skills and competencies’ division embracing all laboratory medicine disciplines is described. For the first time the syllabus identifies the competencies required to meet clinical leadership demands for defining, directing and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of laboratory services as well as expectations in translating knowledge and skills into ability to practice. In a ‘Specialist knowledge’ division, the expectations from the individual disciplines of Clinical Chemistry/Immunology, Haematology/Blood Transfusion, Microbiology/ Virology, Genetics and In Vitro Fertilisation are described. Beyond providing a common platform of knowledge, skills and competency, the syllabus supports the aims of the European Commission in providing safeguards to increasing professional mobility across European borders at a time when demand for highly qualified professionals is increasing and the labour force is declining. It continues to act as a guide for the formulation of national programmes supplemented by the needs of individual country priorities.

Corresponding author: Gijsbert Wieringa, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – Laboratory Medicine, Minerva Road Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire BL4 0JR, UK Phone: +44 1204 390421, Fax: +44 1204 390421

Received: 2012-1-11
Accepted: 2012-2-6
Published Online: 2012-03-16
Published in Print: 2012-08-01

©2012 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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