Instrumentation Committee

 

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 the College of American Pathologists (CAP) membership and provide authoritative resource for the College.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members.

Instrumentation Resources

Watch the webinar, "The Calibration Verification/Linearity Program: Meeting Regulatory Requirements and Improving Laboratory Quality," or download the presentation (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Commitment

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting days Saturday and Sunday
Meeting locations The meetings are less than one hour drive from an airport. The September meeting meets in conjunction with the CAP annual meeting.
Number of conference calls 4
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 45+, Vice Chair 60+, Chair 75+
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

  • 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 preanalytic and postanalytical laboratory testing and quality laboratory practices.
  • Present calibration verification/linearity workshops on behalf of the CAP.

Expertise or Experience

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

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to provide quality laboratory practice related workshops on behalf of the CAP
  • Opportunity to write discussions for continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) on quality laboratory practices

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

 

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