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History

Establishing the S.L.B.C.

In March 13, 1980, twenty-five founding members met at the hospital « Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg » in the city of Luxembourg to set up the S.L.B.C. and to sign it’s statues. The creating spirits behind this act were four clinical chemists working in different laboratories Jean-Paul Hoffmann, Dolphe Kutter, Réné Louis Humbel and Jean-Claude North.

The founding members:

  • DEBECKER Anne
  • DERRUAU Dominique
  • DERRUAU Michel
  • FRITSCH Nicole
  • GREFFRATH Eugène
  • GROFF Paul
  • HANSEN Gilbert
  • HOFFMANN Jean Paul
  • HUMBEL René-Louis
  • KALMUS Sylvie
  • KETTER Lydie
  • KETTER Paul
  • KUTTER Dolphe
  • MANGEN Jean Marie
  • MARSAULT Claude
  • MOOTZ Henri
  • MOOTZ Isabelle
  • NORTH Jean Claude
  • ROBERT Jean Louis
  • SAOUD Adib
  • TALON Jacky
  • THILL Robert
  • THOMA John
  • WAGNER Marie Thérèse
  • WENNIG Robert

The first board of directors was elected and Dolphe Kutter named the societies first president. The composition of the first board was:

  • President: Dolphe Kutter
  • Vice-president: Robert Thill (†)
  • Secretary: Gilbert Hansen
  • Treasurer: Jean-Claude North
  • Members: Jean-Paul Hoffmann, René-Louis Humbel
  • Associated member: Charles Missenard

The statues of the society were legally deposited at April 3, 1980.

Right from the start it was decided, that the society should be composed of full members (university degree holders) and associated members (lab technicians) in reference to the Swiss homologue the Société Suisse de Biologie Clinique.

COMPOSITION OF THE SOCIETY

Since the establishment of the society four presidents have been elected: 

  • Dolphe Kutter: 12 years(1980-1992)
  • Jean-Marie Mangen: 11 years  (1992-2003)
  • Robert Fassotte (†): 3 years (2003-2006)
  • Bernard Weber: 3 years (2006-2009)

The past vice presidents were:

  • Robert Thill (†)
  • Paul Ketter (†)
  • Jean-Claude North
  • Robert Fassotte (†)
  • Jean-Marie Mangen
  • Bernard Weber
  • Patricia Borde-Chiché

The secretariat of the society was hold by: 

  • Gilbert Hansen
  • Paul Ketter (†)
  • Charles Missenard
  • Dolphe Kutter
  • Jean-Philippe Hendriks
  • Matthias Opp
  • Jean-marc Michels

The society’s past treasurers were:

  • Jean-Claude North
  • Jean-Paul Hoffmann
  • Jean-Marie Mangen
  • Christiane Liesch
  • Nicole Thill
  • Christiane Koehnen-Boeres
  • Pol Brouart

Past members at large over the time were: 

  • René-Louis Humbel
  • Eric Santiquian
  • Christian Mois
  • Pol Brouart
  • Jean-Marie Prévost
  • Claude Marsault
  • Jean-Luc Dourson
  • Eugène Greffrath

The association of lab technicians « Association des laborantines et laborantins » has been represented in the board in the past by:

  • Charles Missenard 
  • Christiane Liesch
  • Christiane Koehnen-Boeres

The association of lab technicians « Association des ATM de Laboratoire » has been represented in the board in the past by:

  • Guy Gantrel
  • Frank Maas
  • Jacques Thilges

PAST S.L.B.C. ACTIVITIES

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Scientific evenings and the annual congress the «Journée National de Biologie Clinique» (JNBC) started immediately to be organized.

The first congress which was held in conjunction with the French homologue the « Société Francaise de Biologie Clinique » and organized by René-Louis Humbel gathered the society’s members and the suppliers of testing reagents and laboratory machinery. Throughout the years colleagues from various countries such as Switzerland, Italy, the U.K., Poland, Bulgaria, Canada or Mali made a stop in Luxembourg to present the results of their work.

The 20th anniversary of the scientific congress « JNBC » in 2000 coincided with the first 10 years of the official laboratory QC-programs. A round table session and various conferences reflected the importance of continuous quality control in the laboratory.

The 25th anniversary of the « JNBC » in September 2005 was inaugurated with a conference about yeasts in winery by our French member Jean Lelioux, head of the laboratory of the historic hospital « Hôspices de Beaune » in Burgundy. The hospital owns famous vineyards and the conference was followed by a tasting of its splendid products.

Meetings have been organized over the past years in conjunction with the Belgian and the French homologue societies. In 2003 we organized a scientific meeting in Beaune, Burgundy about the biological effects of antioxidants present in wine.

The S.L.B.C. has nominated several outstanding clinical chemists and laboratory medicines as honorary members:

  • Professor Todorov (Bulgaria)
  • Professor Wisser (Germany)
  • Professor Riesen (Switzerland)

Members of the board have represented continuously the society abroad by giving lectures at the Swiss National congress, in France at the National congress in Lille and at seminars in Pont-à-Mousson, and in Belgium at Brugge.

The S.L.B.C. is member of IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine), of FESCC (Federation of European Societies of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) and of EC4 (European Communities Confederation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine).

The S.L.B.C. publishes a scientific bulletin since the beginning. The bulletin is actually released twice a year.

THE SUCCESSIVE MODIFICATION OF THE SOCIETY’S STATUES SINCE 1980

In 1985:

Article 8 - The term in the board limited to six years was abolished.

In 1988:

Article 8 was modified in accepting one additional member in the board not practicing in Luxembourg (7 in total). Article 10 was modified, that vacancies in the board (resign etc.) would need the election of a new board member. The person elected as replacement should finish the three years of term of the one who left.

In 1993 several articles have been modified:

  • Article 3 - Creation of honorary membership and sponsor membership.
  • Article 8 - Creation of a position in the board for one representative of lab technicians who are members in the association of « ATM de laboratoire ».
  • Article 9 - Right to vote the board for associated members (lab technicians) during General Assembly.
  • Article 11 - The legal responsibility of the society is only attained if documents are jointly signed by the president and the secretary or the president and the treasurer.

In 2003:

Article 3 is modified at three points:
1) the sympathizer member is introduced who must either fulfill the criteria for full or associate membership and who can practice outside the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg or does live in Luxembourg without working in his job.
2) Associate members must be employed and practicing their profession in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
3) Only full members and associate members have the right to vote during General Assembly, all the other members may be attending and express their opinions.

In 2004 several articles have been modified:

  • Article 5 - The conversion of the membership fee from Francs to EURO.
  • Article 9 - Restriction of not more than two full members of the board from the same laboratory.
  • Article 11 - The minutes of the board meetings must be approved and signed by the president and the secretary.

EVENTS WHICH HAPPENED TO MARK OUR POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND SOCIETY’S LIFE

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In 1982, soon after the foundation of the S.L.B.C. the government of Luxembourg presented a draft version of a law providing framework for regulating clinical laboratories. After successive meetings which discussed article by article a final version could be amended and was then voted by the parliament (law of 16 July 1984, related to clinical laboratories). It was published in the « Mémorial » at 30 July 1984 wearing the signature of the S.L.B.C.

The reform of the social security system started at a later date. A law was voted by the parliament in 1992, but the execution of its content started only in 1995. One key content was the separation of private and (public) hospital clinical laboratory services by creation of a budget for hospital laboratories and the payment by act (each single analysis) for private laboratories. The S.L.B.C. finally made its way into a governmental committee called « quadriepartite » by persistence and continuity during round table sessions, where all the health care providers and representatives of public life (entrepreneurs, unions, ministry of health) gather to discuss problems of financing the social security system e.g. the health insurance scheme.

The S.L.B.C signed a treaty with the health insurance scheme UCM (Union des Caisses de Maladie) negotiated in 1993 and 1994 before the budgeting of hospitals took place in 1995. The convention defined the rules to be respected between partners, the obligations towards patients and other health care providers and was signed by Jean-Marie Mangen, Dolphe Kutter, and Charles Missenard. As a sign of the good atmosphere in which the negotiations took place M. Robert Kieffer (President of UCM) guaranteed to private labs an interest in case of delayed reimbursement by the health insurance scheme.

In the year 1998 the S.L.B.C. and the association « ATM de laboratoire » were confronted by the closure of the public school in Luxembourg for lab technicians. The reason for this decision by the Ministry of Education was that the number of students fell below the minimal number required, which is defined by ten. There were only 8 students registered who were asked to continue their studies in another health profession specialty (nursery etc). A protest meeting was organized in front of the Ministry building supported by the association « ATM de laboratoire » and the S.L.B.C. The Minister invited the students to his office. All the vocational schools went on strike for this cause and a year later the cancelled courses were continued and still continue until today with general satisfaction.