Histocompatibility and Identity Committee

 

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 of American Pathologists (CAP) and the 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.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members and find additional resources and information in the Histocompatibility and Identity Topic Center.

Commitment

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 2
Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting days Saturday and Sunday
Meeting locations Throughout the United States, within 50 miles from airports. One meeting a year is always in Chicago, typically in the fall.
Number of conference calls 17+ Variable, mainly for data review, occasional laboratory accreditation program issues.
Note: Not all members participate in all calls. Most calls last no more than one hour.
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Member 30+, Vice-Chair 45+, Chair 75+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at the Council of Scientific Affairs Leadership meeting for the chair or vice-chair.

Activities of Committee

  • Act as "advisors" to The 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 (eg, current and former committee members hold positions in the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors).

Expertise or Experience

  • Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty, and histocompatibility, forensic identity, and parentage testing as a subspecialty
  • Interest in promoting excellence in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and forensic practice

Benefits of Committee Membership

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

Interested in Joining this Committee?