The Nordic preanalytical scientific working group

The group was founded in spring 2015 and is supported by NFKK. As a scientific working group the purpose is to act as an advisor for the Nordic clinical chemistry societies on different aspects. The group aims to promote the importance of the quality of the preanalytical phase in the Nordic countries by conducting surveys to assess the current practices. It aims to provide recommendations, write opinion letters, and it has also organized several sessions on preanalytical issues. The group from 2015:

Mads Nybo, Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense, Denmark Mads.Nybo (at)
Gunn B. Kristensen, Norwegian Quality Improvement of laboratory examinations (Noklus), Bergen, Norway
Britta Willman, Laboratory medicine, clinical chemistry, University Hospital Umeå, Sweden
Gudmundur Sigthorsson, Dept. of Biochemistry, Landspitali, Reykjavik, Iceland (until the end of 2018)
Jonna Pelanti, Labquality, Finland

An article on “Status on fasting definition for blood sampling in the Nordic countries – time for a harmonized definition” was published in Scandinavian Journal on Clinical and laboratory investigation. Link to the article.

Preanalytical cases to be used in presentations etc. provided by the group can be found here:  Preanalytical cases for educational use

Opinion paper on how to validate and handle the haemolysis index
Questionnaire results on the validation and use of pneumatic tube systems in the Nordic countries
Nordic implementation of the EFLM blood sampling guideline