The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) established the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) in November 2010 to standardize the laboratory measurement of vitamin D status worldwide. Standardization is essential to improve the detection, evaluation, and treatment of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency by making measurements of serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] accurate and comparable over time, location, and laboratory procedure.
ODS, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) are cosponsoring this one-day symposium, also being held under the auspices of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). The symposium, which can be attended either in-person or via Webinar, will:
- Discuss VDSP goals and components;
- Present data from VDSP inter-laboratory comparison and commutability studies;
- Demonstrate how tools developed through VDSP can be used to improve the standardization of vitamin D measurement around the world; and,
- Obtain feedback as to how VDSP can be improved to meet the needs of attendees.
Who Should Attend?
Those interested in the effort to standardize vitamin D measurement, including commercial assay manufacturers; commercial, clinical and research laboratory personnel; vitamin D researchers; and members of professional societies with clinical and public health interest in vitamin D.
ODS leads this collaborative effort with NIST; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry of Ghent University, Belgium; and Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme (DEQAS), U.K.; and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). National health surveys from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States currently participate.
There is no charge to attend the VDSP symposium, however, attendees are responsible for all their meals and other travel expenses.