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Vol. 30 No. 1
January-February 2008

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Recent Advances in Nomenclature, Properties and Units: Strategy for Promoting SC-NPU Achievements

In clinical laboratory sciences a nomenclature is required to facilitate electronic exchanges. SC-NPU provides a database that is set according to ISO and CEN standards, and IUPAC and IFCC recommendations. The objective of this project is to promote the database.

The SC-NPU database has been freely available in English, Danish, and Swedish for several years and is currently used in Denmark and Sweden. It is now being developed in Catalan, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish versions. Notes, explanations, and links to other relevant websites will also be added to the database. Once these new versions of the SC-NPU database are available, it is important that they are promoted widely. Clinical laboratory professionals in the countries where these languages are spoken need to be informed about this database.

In order to so, the SC-NPU project team intends to organize a worldwide information campaign aimed at the clinical laboratory sciences community. To start, this project will involve the publication of articles in various clinical laboratory sciences journals, presenting the database and demonstrating its advantages. To complete this communication campaign, the project team will present posters and organize workshops and roundtables at international and regional congresses, such as those organized by IUPAC and IFCC.

These communications will publicize the useful aspects of the SC-NPU database, including the fact that it has a multilanguage terminology set, which is constantly revised according to scientific advances, and that it is free online for any clinical laboratory professional. The syntax of the terms is simple and unique and based upon ISO and CEN standards and IFCC and IUPAC recommendations. The SC-NPU database includes descriptions of 15 000 properties covering all fields of clinical laboratory sciences, each with a specific and ready-to-use code.

The project team plans to disseminate its work through IUPAC and IFCC contacts. The help of National Adhering Organizations and Company Associates will be enlisted to promote the SC-NPU database.

For more information, contact the Task Group Chair Françoise Pontet <francoise.pontet@free.fr>.

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