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Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine in Croatia: regulation of the profession

Ana-Maria Simundic orcid id ; University Department of Chemistry, Medical School University Hospital Sestre Milosrdnice, Zagreb, Croatia
Elizabeta Topic ; Croatian Society of Medical Biochemists, Zagreb, Croatia
Dubravka Cvoriscec ; Department for quality management, Zagreb University Hospital Center, Zagreb, Croatia
Ivana Cepelak ; Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Zagreb, Croatia

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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 pro-vides 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 bioc-hemists. Although term Medical biochemist often relates to medical doctors in other European coun-tries, 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 Insu-rance. 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 me-dical 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.

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education, training, EC4, accreditation, quality

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