The Arab Federation of Clinical Biology (AFCB), established in 1974 in Egypt, is a Regional Federation of Associations, Societies and Syndicates of Laboratory Medicines in Arab Countries. The AFCB, through its collation of unions, societies, and association looks to achieve common destinations and achievements. It also aims to represent the specialists and professionals of this field.
The AFCB was first founded by four countries: Egypt, Syria, Sudan, and Kuwait. Currently, the membership base has expanded to include 12 members. Nine of which are full members at the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). The full member countries are Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Yemen and Libya are not full members yet. And Palestine is an IFCC affiliated member.
To work on the development of the profession and the science of laboratory medicine in the Arabic world.
- To be the legitimate voice for the profession of laboratory medicine in the Arabic world.
- To be lead in the Arab and international community with regard to the profession of laboratory medicine
- To serve members with the maximum potential.
- To maintain high professional standards in the practice of medical laboratory sciences in the Arabic world.
- Strengthening the link between workers in the field of clinical laboratory science in the Arab world, and exchange of experiences and scientific information.
- Organization of periodic scientific conferences in the field of clinical laboratory science and scientific symposia, seminars, exchange briefing visits, and contribute to the Arab national conferences, and provide adequate scientific support.
- Issuing scientific documents and specialized publications.
- Contribute in the formation of national bodies and associations in the Arab countries that do not have such bodies, where such formations, according to the laws and regulations in force in those countries, and support them.
- Provide advice and expertise to the Arab production companies in the field of clinical laboratory reagents and equipment.
- Support the programs of quality assurance in laboratory in the Arab world and exchange of information and provision of scientific advice, and study the possibility of the use of international units.
- Coordination with the Council of Arab Ministers of Health in matters of clinical laboratory science.
- Work on the harmonization of legislation and laws governing the work of the laboratory in different countries and make an agreement on a common definition of certificates of competence and work with the Arab Health Ministers for approval.
- Cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization in the curricula of rehabilitation, training and quality assurance programs.
- Proof of the presence in international and regional organizations concerned with the clinical laboratory sciences.
The Arab MedLab is a conference organized by the AFCB every three years since 1991. Held in the different countries of the federation, the conferences looks to plan and organize various educational and training workshops and improve the participation of Arab scientists on regional and international levels. Attendees may or may not be from the member countries, and usually all member countries would participate, however the difficult situations in some countries might limit this to some extent. The 2018 conference was agreed to be held in Palestine, and thus coinciding with the 10th International Palestinian Conference for Medical Laboratories (IPCLM-10). The first four Arab MedLab conferences were held in Damascus once and in Cairo 3 times in 1979, 1980, 1986, and 1988 respectively. Since 1991, the conference was agreed to be held once every 3 years. Since then it was held in the following countries:
- The 6thArabMedLab in Tunisia 1991
- The 7thArabMedLab in Syria 1994
- The 8thArabMadLab in Amman (Jordan) 1997
- The 9thArabMedLab in Rabat (Morocco) 2000
- The 10thArabMedLab in Monastir (Tunisia) 2004
- The 11thArabMedLab in Damascus (Syria) 2006
- The 12thArabMedLab in Beirut (Lebanon) 2009
- The 13thArabMedLab in Marrakech (Morocco) 2012
- The 14thArabMedLab in Sudan (Khartoum) 2012