Malaysian Association of Clinical Biochemists (MACB) is a professional association that was established and registered in 1990. Members comprise of biochemists, medical doctors and scientists in related fields who have an interest in clinical biochemistry. To date the association has more than 400 members.
The main objective of the MACB is to disseminate scientific knowledge and promote good technical and clinical practice in the field of clinical diagnostics.
MACB provides members with the latest information on new discoveries, current and future practices in clinical diagnostics. In addition the association is also a platform for members to exchange knowledge and ideas as well as network with experts in the scientific community, both locally and abroad. The association awards a Travel Grant to deserving members to assist them in presenting papers and posters at scientific conferences or to attend training abroad. The activities of the association include:
Hosting Conferences and Scientific Meetings
The MACB Annual Conference (previously called the MACB Annual Scientific Meeting) is an event that is usually held in conjunction with the General Meeting. This event began in 1992 and has been organised every year since then. This event is of international standard with plenary lectures, symposiums, free papers, poster presentations and trade exhibition. Speakers are local as well as international experts in the field. The participation to the MACB conferences is open to members and non-members.
The association also bids to host international conferences and in 1998 successfully organized the Asian Pacific Congress in Clinical Biochemistry in Kuala Lumpur. Other conferences include co-hosting the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Lab Automation Conference in 2009 and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) General Conference in November 2012. For the first time in 2013, the association is also organizing the MACB Regional Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The MACB publishes its own refereed scientific journal called the “Malaysian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry”.
The MACB hosts one or two day seminars/workshops under the topics of Quality, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory management and Clinical updates.
In 2013 the association co-hosted with IFCC a 6-day workshop on “Basic Molecular Diagnostics”: This course was conducted by experts from six countries and is expected to benefit many sectors both in the service and research areas.
The president is an affiliate member of the IFCC and APFCB and attends the annual meetings as a representative of Malaysia under the national society.
The association has working groups comprising of experts who work on preparing guidelines for good clinical diagnostic practice. MACB published its first guideline on HBA1c reporting in 2012 and will continue its efforts in future.
MACB provides links to suitable e-learning websites and issues a certificate upon completion.
The association collaborates with other NGOs to provide services in Health Screening Programs to under privileged communities.
Introduce the MACB newsletter.
Provide professional exams and skills training programs to practitioners.
Provide financial assistance/scholarship to school children.