International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)

Last Updated: January 6, 2019

Definition - What does International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) mean?

The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) is a worldwide professional organization representing the fields of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. The IFCC was founded in 1952 and includes nearly 90 national societies representing 45000 individual laboratory medical specialists. The IFCC mission is to enhance global understanding, cooperation, and advancement in the fields of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

WorkplaceTesting explains International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC)

The IFCC represents practitioners of biomedical science. Examinations of fluid, tissue, or other biological samples that take place in a lab are all within the scope of the clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine practice areas. The primary focus of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine is biomedical analysis of chemical process and reactions usually involving fluid samples. A scientist practicing laboratory medicine might physically examine microscopic tissue samples. This type of testing and analysis plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness. Because clinical chemistry involves the study of biological samples, clinical chemistry is sometimes referred to as clinical biochemistry or chemical pathology. Laboratory medicine may sometimes be referred to by a sub-specialty such as cytology, hematology, or pathology.


In furtherance of its mission to create global standards and best practices in the fields of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, the IFCC maintains an electronic repository of resources for members. The IFCC also facilitates the translation and publication of articles and other important documents related to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. The organization publishes an electronic journal, news updates, and professional education modules. The organization participates in the setting of standards for best practices in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, provides continuing education for its members, and hosts congresses and conferences featuring leaders in the fields of laboratory medicine. The IFCC publishes the IFCC Handbook every three years to update members on the latest IFCC practices and initiatives.

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