North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association
1. MISSION STATEMENT
A primary mission of NASCOLA is to provide external quality assessment for tests used to diagnose disorders associated with abnormal bleeding or thrombotic complications. This will promote high standards of performance
for specialized hemostasis and thrombosis laboratories in North America. In addition, the organization will foster educational and clinical research activities and communications between laboratories and other organizations that impact on hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia testing.
2.1 Improve quality and standards of performance for the laboratory diagnosis of complex disorders associated with abnormal bleeding or arterial and venous thrombosis.
2.2 Develop guidelines for appropriate use and performance of laboratory tests, and interpretation of laboratory test results.
2.3 Provide a forum for critical evaluation of existing and new laboratory test procedures, instrumentation, and reagents.
2.4 Promote education on laboratory testing in hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia to physicians, laboratory technologists, other health care professionals, and patients.
2.5 Collaborate with other national and international organizations focused on providing external quality assessment for hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia testing.
2.6 Promote collaborative research activities among participating laboratories.
3.1 Members are legally registered clinical laboratories that perform complex hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia testing and have paid current dues in full.
3.2 Associate (non-voting) members are individuals, institutions, corporations and other entities that deal with or have impact on hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia testing.
4. MEMBERSHIP DUES
4.1 Annual dues for members and associate members will be determined by the Executive Committee.
4.2 Dues will be used to support the external quality assessment program, educational and research programs, and administrative needs.
5.1 Each member laboratory will have one vote provided that payment for dues is current.
5.2 Associate members will be non-voting members.
6. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
6.1 Officers and Terms
6.1.1 The organization will have a President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of the Quality Assessment Program.
6.1.2 The Executive Committee, which will manage the business of the organization, will consist of the President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of the Quality Assessment Program and three Members At Large.
6.1.3 Officers and elected Executive Committee members are elected by voting of the eligible member laboratories, and include the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Members At Large.
6.1.4 The Executive Secretary and the Director of the Quality Assessment Program are appointed by the Executive Committee, with periodic review by that committee at intervals no less than 5 years.
6.1.5 Terms for all elected officers and elected Executive Committee members will be for two years with re-election possible for one additional term.
6.1.6 The Executive Committee will serve as the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be made by any member laboratory provided that they are forwarded to the Secretary two weeks prior to the annual meeting.
7. DESCRIPTION OF OFFICER DUTIES
7.1 President -- The President is responsible for managing the business of the organization, functions as the chief spokesman and representative, and presides at all meetings of the members and directors.
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7.2 Vice-President -- The Vice-President performs the duties of the President if he/she is unable to perform them.
7.3 Executive Secretary -- The Executive Secretary assists the Executive Committee and its members, and the members of the organization, in the conduct of the business of the organization, and is responsible to the President and other Executive Committee members.
7.4 Secretary -- The Secretary is responsible for preparing, distributing, and maintaining minutes from meetings of the Executive Committee and the General Membership, and provides other administrative assistance to the directors.
7.5 Treasurer -- The Treasurer has the care and custody of the funds and securities of the organization and prepares an annual financial report to be presented to the membership at the annual meeting.
7.6 Director of the Quality Assessment Program -- The Director of the Quality Assessment Program is responsible for all functions related to the quality assessment program. These functions include but are not restricted to: procurement and distribution to members of test plasma samples, collection of survey test results, statistical analysis, and preparation and mailing of reports to participants.
7.7 Executive Committee -- The Executive Committee will consist of the President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of the Quality Assessment Program. Other members will include three Members At Large nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the general membership. The Executive Secretary and the Director of the Quality Assessment Program are nonvoting members of the Executive Committee.
8. QUALITY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The Quality Assessment Program (External Proficiency Testing Program) will consist of surveys, to be conducted at least semi-annually, including complex hemostasis and thrombosis/thrombophilia tests to be performed by the member laboratories on plasma samples procured and distributed by the Director of the Quality Assessment Program, who will also supervise the result analysis and distribution to the member laboratories. The specific tests to be included in the surveys will be determined periodically by the Executive Committee.
Charter adopted by NASCOLA membership July 1999.
Charter amended by NASCOLA membership November 2002.