Category Archive: Article

International EQA Training – Part 2

In 1996 (now 23 years ago!) CMPT received a request from the Thailand Department of Medical Science to assist in the development of a proficiency testing program for drinking water testing laboratories.  At that time, two officials from Bangkok visited
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Keeping up with the Taxonomy

The introduction of genome sequencing and other molecular techniques has been increasingly used to determine phylogenetic relatedness of microorganisms. This has led to an explosion of novel microbial taxonomy. Prior classification criteria such as phenotypic characteristics have demonstrated to be
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Spreading the EQA word

About 10 years ago, CMPT started on a mission to help EQA programs around the world see the advantages of making their own stable, clinically relevant bacteriology samples as opposed to single function lyophilized ones.  Working with organizations like the
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The Polymyxin Complex – Colistin and Polymyxin B

by Robert Rennie The polymyxin complex is part of a large complex of cyclic lipopeptides that include polymyxins and daptomycin. There are at least 15-16 of these molecules, but only the former are used in clinical medicine. They are subdivided
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CMPT Annual Committee Meeting

This year CMPT held annual general meetings with its Committee of Experts for the Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, and Mycology programs. The purpose of these meetings was to plan ahead for the year and discuss ideas on how to improve the
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POLQM Quality Conference – Knowing your customers

On October 24, 2018 the UBC Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management or POLQM hosted a one-day conference/workshop on medical laboratory quality improvements, focusing on Knowing your customers Topics covered included What is Service Excellence and Why is it important?

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WHMIS 2015 – What does it mean for you?

Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS is an international initiative to standardize chemical hazard classification and communication globally. WHMIS first became law in
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A successful visit to Cambodia

Dr. Michael Noble, Chair of CMPT and our sister program POLQM was invited to participate in training and education programs for laboratory managers and laboratory quality managers in Cambodia. The training and education programs for laboratory managers and laboratory quality
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Thank you Dr. Diane Roscoe

After 24 years of serving on the CMPT Clinical Bacteriology Committee we are saying good-bye to Dr. Roscoe, at least for the time being.  Dr. Roscoe, in her own style, has been a thought provoker on the committee, sitting back
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CMPT and POLQM and International Outreach

Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing and its sister program: Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management, have for many years had a positive international profile.  In part, that derived from working collaborations with the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health
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