Workshop on the future of nucleic acid metrology

Date: 2022-06-23 to 2022-06-23
Location: Metas, Bern, Switzerland

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 09:30 to 16:30 CEST at METAS, the National Metrology Institute of Switzerland.

Rapid, reliable nucleic acid analyses are increasingly important for largescale medical decisions, as is illustrated by the current COVID19 pandemic. Medical decisions critically rely on accurate, informative and timely measurement results.

While widely used quantitative realtime PCR results are scientifically not very comparable, more involved procedures such as digital PCRs and next generation sequencing methods are often too time consuming for widescale application in diagnostic test laboratories. Rigorously designed, commutable reference materials and procedures can help to alleviate the situation when used as common anchor points.

Key questions in light of a pandemic are:

  • What are future needs for reference measurement procedures and reference materials for reliable nucleic acid analyses?
  • How to overcome barriers to the increased use of metrologically traceable calibrators?

This workshop connects Swiss and European in vitro diagnostics (IVD) developing and manufacturing stakeholders with the metrological community.

The workshop aims at reducing perceived barriers between the respective fields:
It highlights benefits as well as limitations of metrological traceability in the context of the multitude of measurement challenges as e.g. emerging from the use of nucleic acids as diagnostic markers.

For more information and registration please contact Kai Stölting from METAS and the EMN TraceLabMed >>


09:30 Welcome & Introduction
10:15 Industry Needs WHO Standards – Roche
10:45 Coffee Break
11:10 Infectious Threats and Pandemic Prepardness – IFIK / PTB
11:40 Brute Force Approaches – FGCZ / ETHZ
12:10 Networking Lunch
13:15 Clinical Genomics and Standards
13:45 Introduction to EMN Traceability in Laboratory Medicine
14:15 Coffee Break
14:45 Pandemic Prepardness and New Reference Materials
15:15 Panel Discussion and closing Remarks
16:00 Behind the Scenes - Laboratory Tour METAS
16:30 End



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