Posted by Sten Westgard, MS
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A Meeting in Milan: Global Quality Specifications at Stake
While Americans were gorging on turkey, in Milan there was a momentous conference on quality specifications. Coming 15 years after the 1999 Stockholm meeting established a Consensus Hierarchy of goals, the elite scientists of Europe and Australia were re-visiting the quality models and specifications and determining what goals will be adopted for the future.
Are laboratory goals evolving, devolving, or simply revolving?
More on Milan below, but first...
POLL: What Quality Goals do you use? What goals would you choose?
We're happy to announce our first global survey of quality goals. While about 200 people in Milan were debating the merits of models, we thought it would be useful to understand what the rest of the real laboratory world was doing. So we invite you to take this short 10-question survey about the goals you use in your laboratory. If we get more than 200 responses, we'll share the results with the public in January of 2015. [And for those of you who require an incentive, those who participate in the survey are automatically entered into a drawing for a gift certificate, a free course, and/or a Westgard Bobble-head]
Tell us your views and what Quality Goals you use
More on Milan 2014: Drafts, Details, and Debates
A mini-review of all the Milan 2014 presentations
Executive Summary: The Main Meaning of Milan 2014
A Description of the Draft Consensus of the Milan Meeting [not for public release]
Why Quality Goals 2014 look a lot like Quality Goals 1976
Sigma-metric analysis: A Chinese chemistry analyzer
We came across a recent study of a Chinese-manufactured automated chemistry analyzer running Korean reagents. While the study produced correlations mostly in the 0.99 range, this doesn't mean the analyzer-reagent combination is performing better than the more well-known analyzers in the west.
Sigma-metrics of the CS-6400 automated chemistry analyzer