To enable the development of high-quality pediatric reference intervals, AACC recommends that samples for a national repository be collected with informed consent from healthy children age 0–18 years. These samples should be made available to both in vitro diagnostic manufacturers and clinical laboratories, and the results from reference interval studies conducted by manufacturers or labs should be made public. The position statement also advises the laboratory community to share and transfer existing pediatric reference intervals across clinical laboratories and evolutions of technology. In addition, AACC recommends that de-identified leftover specimens should continue to be available without informed consent for quality improvement activities.
"AACC is concerned that the laboratory community does not have the resources necessary to establish and maintain pediatric reference intervals, which physicians need to assess clinical test results and ensure that children receive the right diagnoses and treatment," said AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman. "We urge Congress and policymakers to provide access to samples from healthy individuals of all ages, developmental stages, and both sexes to support the improvement of pediatric reference intervals and ensure the health of the nation's children."
Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of progressing laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.
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