Highlights from the SWG
Until 2017, ESLHO has acted as foundation on behalf of its three “sister” consortia EuroClonality, EuroMRD, and EuroFlow. To guarantee scientific and financial independence, the three consortia have been transformed into individual foundations in 2017. The aims of the foundations remain the same: research & innovation of diagnostic patient care, standardization of laboratory diagnostics, quality assessment and continuous education. The ESLHO foundation will act as “umbrella” organization, providing support for e.g. legal and financial aspects, intellectual property management, and organization of meetings.
To maintain approval from the boards and lawyers of all participating institutes and thus to be able to continue the collaboration within the foundations, we started to implement a good governance strategy in 2018. This mainly concerns actions to make the foundations more transparent, including detailed description of all activities in the format of Workpackages, clarity about how we spend the royalty income, and improving public visibility through new websites.
In May 2017, the new in vitro diagnostic medical device regulation (IVDR; Regulation 2017/746), which regulates the EU internal market for in vitro diagnostics, will come into full effect. Under the IVDR, more clinical evidence is required, both for commercial IVDs and for in-house IVDs. The unique collaboration within the foundations will be of benefit for establishing in-house IVDs, as in-house IVDs validated in a collaborative effort can be manufactured and used by all contributors. Furthermore, this gives the foundations a strong position for collaborating with companies that wish to validate their IVDs.
In addition to the IVDR, MRD diagnostics was again an important topic of the 7th ESLHO Symposium on New Developments in the ESLHO Networks. The symposium was organized in Kiel, Germany (8 November 2018) and was attended by 190 participants from 25 countries.
On March 16th, 2018, a separate symposium was organized in Leiden, The Netherlands: the ESLHO Interactive Symposium on New European IVD regulations. Approximately 40 participants from EuroClonality, EuroMRD and EuroFlow attended this event.
In November 2019, the 8th ESLHO Educational Meeting and scientific meetings of all scientific Consortia and will be organized in Ghent, Belgium.