College of American Pathologists

  Histocompatibility/Identity Testing
  Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To define and monitor the state of the art and emerging technologies in histocompatibility and identity testing; to contribute to the development, maintenance, and enhancement of effective proficiency testing programs in the field of histocompatibility and identity testing; to provide information and expertise in histocompatibility, identity testing, and related areas to other components of the College and CAP membership; to contribute to the continuing education of the members of the CAP and the histocompatibility and identity testing communities through Surveys, critiques, publication of chapters and books, and through the participation in CAP educational programs; to provide for the effective submission of information by the College to regulatory agencies; and to maintain liaison, where appropriate, with other organizations concerned with histocompatibility and identity testing.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 2 days each
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday and Sunday

Location of meetings: Throughout the US, within 50 miles from airports. One meeting a year is always in Chicago, typically in the fall.

Number of conference calls: 17+, mainly for data review, occasional LAP issues.
(Note: Not all members participate in all calls. Most calls last no more than one hour.)

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at the CSA Leadership meeting for the chair or vice-chair.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Act as “advisors” to CAP regarding laboratory issues in histocompatibility, forensic identity, and parentage testing
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in histocompatibility, forensic identity and parentage testing that may impact CAP members
  • Serve as interface with appropriate professional organizations (e.g., current and former committee members hold positions in the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors)

Expertise of Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty, and histocompatibility, forensic identity and parentage testing as a subspecialty
  • Interest in promoting excellence in HLA and forensic practice

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events and/or symposiums

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