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Two Online Workshops on Measurement Challenges

Thursday, 4 November 2021 | 10:00 – 15:45 hrs | SARS-CoV-2 and Future Pandemics

Lecturers: Stakeholders and Representatives from NMIs / DIs

Institute: European Metrology Network on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine | Technical Committee for Metrology in Chemistry

Place: MS Teams, link after registration: https://www.euramet.org/european-metrology-networks/laboratory-medicine/registration-tlm-mc/?L=0

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 posed significant challenges for healthcare systems around the world. A first, rapid response to this challenge required establishing large scale testing to understand and contain COVID-19. Test results are part of the data that governments use to decide on measures to fight the pandemic with various impacts on societies and economies. Long term containment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and their impact on society require the development of vaccines and therapeutics. Metrological tools such as biological standards, reference measurement procedures and reference materials are needed to underpin the effective use of diagnostics and to support the overall response to infectious diseases, including vaccines and therapies.

This workshop is thus focussed on measurement challenges related to SARS-CoV-2 and future pandemics to feed into collaborative research projects:

  • Which reference materials and biological standards are needed and what are the associated challenges?
  • Which services (e.g. reference measurements) could support the overall response to infectious diseases?
  • How can metrology contribute to the characterisation of safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics?

In the first part of the workshop, stakeholders will present their work with a view to related measurement challenges. In the second part, metrology institutes will discuss their ideas and potential contributions.

Please visit https://www.euramet.org/?L=0&event=67%3A955 for more information and to register for the event.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 | 10:00 – 16:00 hrs | Laboratory Medicine

Lecturers: Stakeholders and Representatives from NMIs / DIs

Institute: European Metrology Network on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine | Technical Committee for Metrology in Chemistry

Place: MS Teams, link after registration: https://www.euramet.org/european-metrology-networks/laboratory-medicine/registration-tlm-mc/?L=0

Medical decisions indeed depend on accurate, informative, comparable, and timely measurement results. Obtaining comparable results across varying diagnostic tests and locations is only possible through establishment of a common measurement base. As a result, global metrology institutions focus on improving this very aspect of measurement comparability by developing new and innovative reference materials and reference measurement procedures for the medical field. By establishing comparability, metrology supports legal requirements as defined in the regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices EU 2017/746 (IVDR) and it can also help to translate emerging techniques into clinical and/or commercial use. Covering the broad range of diagnostic tests, therapeutics and novel techniques (e.g. metabonomics) requiresjoint workbetween stakeholders and the measurement science community.

The workshop is thus focussed on (bio)chemical measurement challenges related to diagnostic measurements, therapeutics, and emerging techniques:

  • What are the needs for new reference measurement procedures and reference materials?
  • Which services and studies (e.g. on commutability) are needed to meet legal and other requirements?
  • How can metrology help to translate emerging techniques into clinical and/or commercial use?

In the first part of the workshop, stakeholders will present their work with a view to related measurement challenges. In the second part, metrology institutes will present their ideas and potential contributions. Pandemics and SARS-CoV-2 are the topic of a separate workshop.

Please visit https://www.euramet.org/?L=0&event=67%3A956 for more information and to register for the event.

Contact: David Auerbach | david.auerbach@ptb.de |+49 531 592 3102

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