NOV 14, 2019 09:00 AM PST

The Role of Proficiency Testing in Achieving Global Outcomes for Hemoglobin A1c

Speakers
  • Head of Clinical Biochemistry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Biography
      Dr. Paul Yip is Division Head of Clinical Biochemistry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Prior to his current position, he was at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto as a Clinical Biochemist for 12 years. Dr. Yip is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (DABCC) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (FCACB). He has served in various leadership positions including Chair of the Chemistry Scientific Committee of the Institute of Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH), and is past Chair of the Upstate New York Section of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Dr. Yip's professional interests are in the areas of test utilization, laboratory quality management and point-of-care testing. He is passionate about education at all levels of learning, and also the recipient of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC) Award for Education Excellence in 2018. Dr. Yip has authored over 140 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

    Abstract:

    Central to the diagnosis and management of patients with diabetes mellitus is the measurement of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c).  Major studies have defined the therapeutic targets of HbA1c in order to reduce the risk of the complications arising from the disease.  Through the NGSP, proficiency testing (PT) has played an important role to uphold the standardization of HbA1c assays and support the reliability of results across the globe.  PT provides an objective assessment of method performance in the hands of the end-user such that HbA1c results continue to be traceable to the reference methods.  The analytical improvements over time have led to the international endorsement of HbA1c as a screening and diagnostic test for diabetes.

    Learning objectives:
    1. State the benefits of an accuracy-based proficiency testing scheme for HbA1c.
    2. Understand the traceability of HbA1c assays to the NGSP and IFCC reference methods.

     


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