Editorial highlights IOF-IFCC position paper on bone markers

Editorial in 'Annals of Clinical Biochemistry' urges adoption of reference BTM standards to faciliate clinical research

A new editorial published in  Annals of Clinical Biochemistry (2011; 48:91-92) by
S. D. Vasikaran, C. Cooper and J. A. Kanis emphasizes the important messages of the recent IOF-IFCC Position paper on bone markers.

The position paper,' Markers of bone turnover for the prediction of fracture risk and monitoring of osteoporosis treatment: a need for international reference standards.' (S. Vasikaran, R. Eastell, O. Bruyère, et al. Osteoporos Int. Volume 22, No. 2, 391-420) highlighted the hiatuses in our current knowledge and:

  • supports the role of BTMs in the management of patients with osteoporosis.
  • identifies areas in which further data need to be accumulated
  • asserts that the adoption of international reference standards by the clinical and scientific community in the field of osteoporosis research will markedly enhance laboratory consistency and facilitate their inclusion in routine clinical practice.

 'Recommendations for bone marker standards in osteoporosis: what, why and where to now?' is published in Annals of Clinical Biochemistry (2011; 48:91-92)