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Conference postponed to 19 & 20 April 2021

 

Dear colleague, dear friend,

 

We intended to organize the “Quality in the Spotlight” meeting in Antwerp coming May 11thand 12th. This is a high level, interactive conference on quality issues in laboratory medical diagnostics. However due to the COVID-19 epidemic were are forced to cancel this meeting. To our utmost regrets of course.

 

However we arranged with the conference hotel that the conference will be moved to 19th and 20th April 2021.

 

Our program, as well as all kind of other arrangements, was in a final phase. So we kindly ask you if it is possible to participate not in May this year but on April 19th and 20th 2021.

Antwerp the place to be

Dear colleagues,

Good news! We found for our upcoming meeting, two inspiring places to gather. 

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In the tradition of disruptive innovation we hired the entire top floor of the Linder Hotel in Antwerp (Lange Kievitstraat 125, B-2018 Antwerp). Because the Elzenveld is involved in a yearlong renovation process we had to look elsewhere. The transparent top floor is build on a trendy modern hotel, that not only looks contemporary but really is from this day and age. It is conveniently situated just next to Antwerp central railway station; but without the noise of the trains.

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To honor the tradition of our meeting (as a matter a fact this is the 19th edition!) we found Restaurant August (Jules Bordetstraat 5, B-2018 Antwerp, welcome@august-antwerp.com). A former Augustinian cloister, beautifully renovated, in which we will enjoy the conference dinner! The rewarded chef will entirely be at our disposal for this evening. Here we enjoy the hospitality of historical Antwerp.

More good news! The line up of speakers as well as the content of the scientific program is on the verge of finishing and it is stunning. We will inform you shortly in full but to give you a glimpse: 

Prof Jim Westgard will speak, as well as Annette Thomas (from Weques), Anne Stavelin (from Noklus), Esther Talboom  and Maarten Kok (from Saltro), Ivan Branslund and Ina Mathilde Kjaer (from SDU), Sharon Ehrmeyer (from UW), Stacy Walz (from Astate), Sten Westgard (from Westgard QC), Kathy Freeman (from Syn Labs VPG) and others. The final, extended program will be available soon.

Within POCT as well as the Central Laboratory many interesting quality things are happening, we will address many of those and try to strike a quality balance.

We hope to see you there. Please register already to make sure we are able to take care of you.

 

Best regards, 

Lia Konings (conference secretary), Tjitze Dijkstra (conference manager), Stacy Walz (conference co-chairman),

 

Henk Goldschmidt (conference chairman).

 

2 April 2019

Breaking news: 

A novel view on quality in point-of-care-testing is developed based upon a worldwide survey.

Sten Westgard performed together with Sharon Ehrmeyer, Jim Westgard and Henk Goldschmidt a 29 questions survey on quality in POCT.
127 responders provided a lot of useful information and enabled the surveyors to formulate the current state of the art in POC testing.
Based upon that an extrapolation into the future was made. 

Coming conference in Antwerp (11th and 12th of May, 2020) for sure a compilation of this study will be presented by either of these writers.
In case you have any specific questions on this subject (‘quality in POC testing’) do not hesitate and approach one of these writers by posting a question on our chat board (our website can be reached as http://www.qualityinthespotlight.com and a blog was installed on the website as a standard function of ‘Wordpress’).