The Challenge of iodine deficiency disorder : a decade of CDC’s Ensuring the Quality of Urinary Iodine Procedures Program : EQUIP 10 year anniversary
Published Date:September 2011
Corporate Authors:National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Laboratory Sciences. Ensuring the Quality of Urinary Iodine Procedures.
Description:Accurate and precise UI [urinary iodine] measurement is important to accurately assess the status of iodine nutrition in the US and around the world. Erroneous laboratory data can lead to suboptimal— and potentially harmful—public health interventions. For example, a low estimate of the population median iodine level might prompt inappropriate salt iodization that could result in over-supplementation, a problem that carries its own risks.
CDC established its Ensuring the Quality of Urinary Iodine Procedures (EQUIP) program in 2001 to provide laboratories that measure UI with an independent assessment of their analytical performance, including reference material and technical support to improve laboratory practices. The program, which is voluntary and free-of-charge, currently works with more than 120 iodine laboratories in the U.S. and over 60 countries. Iodine is one of many micronutrients that are the subject of CDC research, population-wide monitoring and laboratory test standardization.
Compiled by Dr. Amir A. Makhmudov and Dr. Kathleen L. Caldwell.
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