MEDICA 2022 Background Report No.1
MEDICA LABMED FORUM – Innovations from the world of laboratory medicine
Presenting the newest trends in in-vitro diagnostics for discriminating stages of disease, monitoring the course of disease and therapy, and for prevention
Since 2017, the field of laboratory medicine has been represented by a scientific event of high-caliber experts at internationally leading trade fair MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event takes place in the trade fair area featuring laboratory equipment and diagnostics, with several hundred exhibitors participating each year. In spite of, or maybe especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MEDICA LABMED FORUM has been enjoying growing recognition within both academia and the industry. During MEDICA 2022 (November 14 – 17), the newest scientific findings from across the broad spectrum of diagnostic medicine will be presented again in Hall 1. The program of the specialist forum for laboratory medicine will feature lectures by renowned experts on the stage.
After taking place on a completely digital platform due to the pandemic in 2020, the MEDICA LABMED FORUM returned last year as an in-person meeting-point for international guests. The two scientific organizers, Prof. Dr. med. Georg Hoffmann and Prof. Dr med. Stefan Holdenrieder, both laboratory doctors at the institute for laboratory medicine at the German Heart Center of the Technical University of Munich, have put together a total of eight sessions for this year and created an inviting, multi-faceted program about notable trends within in-vitro diagnostics (IVD).
The motto of the opening day will be "Regulations and quality ". The second day of the event will be dedicated to short lectures and interactive stage discussions about the newest trends in laboratory medicine. On November 16, recently discovered biomarkers take central stage. The closing day on November 17 will showcase innovative developments within the life sciences.
Day 1: Regulations and quality
The event is opened on November 14 by a session organized by Prof. Dr. Astrid Petersmann, Medicine and Health Sciences at Oldenburg University, on the current challenges posed by regulations within laboratory medicine. This day of the forum is dedicated in particular to the European In-vitro Diagnostics Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), which aims to markedly improve the standards of quality within the area of diagnostics to increase patient safety. As of May 2022, these regulations now apply to laboratory diagnostics as well and pose enormous regulatory challenges not only to manufacturers, but also to medical laboratories using proprietary assays – for example for specialized parameters – in practical patient care. "A statement such as ‘We've always been doing it like this’ will be unacceptable in the future,” says Prof. Petersmann.