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Biotin: Mechanisms of interference in immunoassays and mitigation strategies

By Editor on 1/20/2020

By Victor Leung, Dana Nyholt-Bailey, IQMH Endocrinology and Immunology Scientific Committee and Staff


Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of cases of biotin interference with streptavidin-biotin (SB)-based immunoassays reported in the literature. Biotin interference with laboratory tests, specifically SB-based immunoassays, is potentially dangerous, as it may cause spurious test results leading to misdiagnosis and patient mismanagement.


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President's End of Year Message

By Editor on 12/19/2019

There are times it feels difficult to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us once again. This year seems to have gone by especially quickly! I guess the old adage about time appearing to pass by faster and faster the older you get is true—at least for me!  In any case, here we are, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you peace, hope and joy during the holiday season, and throughout 2020.

Message from the President

Call for IQMH Committee Applications 2020-2022

By Editor on 11/18/2019

IQMH is seeking a volunteer to sit on its Proficiency Testing Scientific Committee, effective January 1, 2020.   Membership on committees consists of a three-year term of office, renewable once. Committees meet an average of four times a year for half-day or full-day meetings.


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    Uniting to advance quality healthcare: Accreditation Canada and IQMH join forces

    By Editor on 11/8/2019

    OTTAWA & TORONTO (November 8, 2019)
     — Accreditation Canada (AC) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) today announced an agreement to join forces bringing the longest standing healthcare accreditation body in Canada and Canada’s largest provider of medical laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing together. IQMH is now a controlled affiliate of AC to advance a common goal of improving the quality of healthcare in Canada and around the world.
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    One week to go! The IQMH Fall Forum 2019 - Register

    By Editor on 10/29/2019

    Use code: special20 to get a 20% discount.

    Allied Health Professional Development Fund
    Ontario medical laboratory technologists and medical radiation technologists can apply for reimbursement of conference registration fees through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Each professional can claim up to $1500 per year. Learn more:

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    IQMH Fall Forum 2019

    Don’t miss out on an extraordinary experience November 7–8, 2019! IQMH Fall Forum: Innovations in Cancer Diagnostics

    By Editor on 8/23/2019

    IQMH Fall Forum 2019

    A gathering of diagnostic medicine leaders and professionals who want to elevate themselves, learn, share, network and get excited about diagnostic medicine; an IQMH Forum is never a typical conference. Why? Each event is underpinned with a specific theme and intention to ensure the programme will drive meaningful change and infuse a new outlook on quality. Our aim is to energetically inspire the diagnostic medicine community to overcome barriers and embrace the future.

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    Centre for Education
    IQMH Fall Forum 2019

    The Objective Lens: Episode 27: Over the Rainbow: Gender Diversity and Health Care

    By Editor on 8/21/2019

    The official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) The Objective Lens speaks with professionals who can best provide professionals with insight and tools to navigate challenges unique to the medical laboratory.

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    IQMH wishes a happy retirement to a valuable member of the IQMH team

    By Editor on 7/31/2019

    On July 31, 2019, IQMH bid a fond farewell to Astrid Petersons a valued member of the IQMH team with more than 17 years dedicated to continuous quality improvement. Astrid joined IQMH in February 2002 fulfilling a need for a manager of the Transfusion Medicine proficiency testing PTT)/external quality assessment (EQA) program.

    Centre for Proficiency Testing

    Coming soon! IQMH Proficiency Testing Catalogue 2020

    By Editor on 7/29/2019
    The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the IQMH Proficiency Testing 2020 catalogue this August. We’ve been working hard to ensure that the 2020 Proficiency Testing (PT) programs meet and exceed your laboratory’s needs. This article outlines the biggest and most notable change, which is the complete overhaul of the Chemistry General program. Details on other changes and improvements are also discussed in this article.

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