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Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine in Croatia: regulation of the profession.
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PMID:  22141201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Heterogeneity exists across Europe in the definition of the profession of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine and also in academic background of specialists in this discipline. This article provides an overview of the standards of education and training of laboratory professionals and quality regulations in Croatia. Clinical chemistry in Croatia is almost exclusively practiced by medical biochemists. Although term Medical biochemist often relates to medical doctors in other European countries, in Croatia medical biochemists are not medical doctors, but university degree professionals who are qualified scientifically. Practicing the medical biochemistry is regulated by The Health Care Law, The Law of the Medical Biochemistry Profession and The Law of the State and Private Health Insurance. According to the law, only medical biochemists are entitled to run and work in the medical biochemistry laboratory. University degree is earned after the 5 years of the studies. Register for medical biochemists is kept by the Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists. Licensing is mandatory, valid for 6 years and regulated by the government (Law on the Health Care, 1993). Vocational training for medical biochemists lasts 44 months and is regulated by the national regulatory document issued by the Ministry of Health. Accreditation is not mandatory and is provided by an independent, non-commercial national accreditation body. The profession has interdisciplinary character and a level of required competence and skills comparable to other European countries.
Ana-Maria Simundic; Elizabeta Topic; Dubravka Cvoriscec; Ivana Cepelak
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochemia medica     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1330-0962     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem Med (Zagreb)     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-06     Completed Date:  2012-01-10     Revised Date:  2013-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610305     Medline TA:  Biochem Med (Zagreb)     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
University Department of Chemistry, Medical School University Hospital Sestre Milosrdnice, Zagreb, Croatia.
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MeSH Terms
Chemistry, Clinical / legislation & jurisprudence*,  manpower,  standards*
Clinical Medicine / legislation & jurisprudence*,  manpower,  standards*
Education, Graduate / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Education, Medical, Undergraduate / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Government Regulation
Licensure, Medical
Medical Laboratory Personnel / education
Quality Control

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