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Special Supplement - October 30, 2013

Office of Dietary Supplements: Special Supplement Newsletter
October 30, 2013

Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) Symposium:
Tools to Improve Laboratory Measurement

Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time

National Institute of Standards and Technology * 100 Bureau Drive * Gaithersburg, MD



The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Dietary Supplements established the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) to standardize the laboratory measurement of vitamin D status worldwide. Standardization is essential to improve the detection, evaluation, and treatment of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency.

This one-day free symposium, which can be attended either in-person or via Webinar, will present:

  • VDSP goals and program components
  • Data from VDSP inter-laboratory comparison and commutability studies
  • Tools developed through VDSP to improve the standardization of vitamin D measurement


The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) are cosponsoring this symposium, also being held under the auspices of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC).

Who Should Attend?

Those interested in the effort to standardize vitamin D measurement, including commercial assay manufacturers; commercial, clinical and research laboratory personnel; vitamin D researchers; and members of professional societies with clinical and public health interest in vitamin D.

To Register for In-Person Attendance:

In-person registration is open until November 5, 2013. There is no charge to participate, however all participants are required to register in advance due to the high security at the NIST campus. For more information about the symposium and to register, see the meeting Web site: link disclaimer

To Register for the Webinar:

Webinar registration is open until November 14, 2013. There is no charge to participate. For more information about the symposium and to register, see the meeting Web site: link disclaimerexternal link disclaimer




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