College of American Pathologists

Instrumentation Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To develop Surveys for the assessment of accuracy, precision, linearity of procedures, instruments and measuring devices; to address standardization and harmonization across laboratories; to provide a means for laboratories to evaluate their methodology; to educate CAP membership and provide authoritative resource for the College.

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: Destinations that are within one hour driving distance from the airport. Committee prefers to meet in January, June, and September. The September meeting meets in conjunction with the CAP annual meeting.

Number of conference calls: 4

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 45+ hours
Vice Chair: 60+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

  • The chair attends two leadership meetings a year. If the chair is unavailable, a representative will be asked to attend in the chair’s absence.
  • Attend the CAP annual meeting.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Review Calibration Verification/Linearity, Carryover and Interfering Substance Survey data for trends and shifts in assay recoveries.
  • Provide feedback on appropriate total error and minimum detectable differences for analytes.
  • Provide troubleshooting advice to vendors for material issues that push extremes of clinically relevant specimen specifications.
  • Participate in publications, educational discussions and guidelines that cover topics related to pre and post analytical laboratory testing and quality laboratory practices.
  • Present calibration verification/linearity workshops on behalf of CAP.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Interest in promoting pathology and quality laboratory practices.
  • Interest in statistical analysis of clinical assays.
  • Knowledge of various methodologies and instrumentation.

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

  • Opportunity to provide quality laboratory practice related workshops on behalf of the CAP.
  • Opportunity to write discussions for CME/CE on quality laboratory practices.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • 1 Liaison from AACC

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