General Information


“The EC4 (European Communities Confederation of Laboratory Medicine) Register Commission and Register came under the direction of EFLM (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) in 2007 when the two organisations, EC4 and FESCC, merged to become EFLM. The title EC4 now solely relates to the EC4 European Register and the Register Commission. It applies only to those countries within the European Union. The Register Commission’s purpose is the operation of the Register and the promotion of Laboratory Medicine within the European Union.”

What is the EC4 European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine?

“The EC4 Register is a database of senior professionals who have met the agreed education and training requirements to be independent (consultant grade) practitioners. Version 3 (2010) of these requirements and details of the operation of the Register have been published in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 2010:48(7):999-1008.. Registration is via a national society which has demonstrated equivalence of standards between the national register (or similar) and the EC4 European Register.
The EC4 European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine opened in January 1999 and by September 2008 it comprised more than 2000 practitioners from 20 different countries and the numbers are rising. Registrants include both scientific and medical practitioners.”

Why is there a need for a Register?

Why is the Register important for the profession?

The existence of a strong European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine:

What standards must I achieve to be accepted on to the Register?

How will I benefit from being on the Register?

Registrants are able to:

How can I apply to join the Register?

How much will it cost me to join the Register?

Do I have to join the EC4 European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine?

The Register is entirely voluntary. Only you can decide if you wish to join the Register. However, the EC4 Register Commission and EFLM hope that the information provided above will convince you that being registered provides some benefits to you and very significant benefits for the profession in the European Union.

How can I obtain further information about the Register?

For detailed information on the European Register of Specialists for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and the EC4 Code of Conduct you are referred to:

Guide to the European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine: European Clinical Chemist: Version 3-2010

3rd revision: approved at the EC4 Register Commission meeting in Paris, on 5 November 2009
Janet McMurray, Simone Zérah, Michael Hallworth et al
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 2010; 48(7):999–1008


If you do not have a National Clinical Chemistry Registration Committee you should contact:

Comité Français du registre EC4
Simone Zérah
4, Avenue Ruysdaël
75379 Paris Cedex 08
Tel: 0033/1 56 21 34 95
Fax: 0033/1 56 21 35 29

If you do have a National Clinical Chemistry Registration Committee, contact your national representative.

For further information about the EC4 European Register of Specialists in Laboratory Medicine please explore this website or contact Simone Zerah (Chairman of the EC4 Register Commission) at
simone.zerah@wanadoo.fr, Janet McMurray (Secretary of the EC4 register Commission) at
mcmurrayjanet@hotmail.com or your Register Commission National Representative.