The Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) is a permanent committee of the Society. It has independent authority over its scientific program and reports to the ISTH Council.
The SSC supports the ISTH’s mission through:
Many of the standards developed by the SSC are adopted by the World Health Organization as International Standards. Through an effective collaboration with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control of the United Kingdom, it provides a vital service to commercial manufacturers of diagnostic reagents by creating plasma and coagulation factor standards calibrated by laboratories of SSC-associated investigators.
The SSC began as the authoritative body which first standardized the naming of blood clotting factors. Its subcommittees act as expert bodies in the standardization of nomenclature to support the blood clotting community. Its recommendations and classifications are published in the Society’s official journal, the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
The SSC draws its strength and credibility from the hundreds of physicians and scientists who volunteer to lead and participate in its activities. SCC members handle the day-to-day, practical work of the Society. In doing so, they find numerous opportunities to network with their peers, expand their professional potential and deepen their expertise.
The SSC organizes annual meetings where subcommittee members and experts present their ongoing work in public sessions. These sessions discuss the latest research on bleeding and thrombotic disorders and provide information that attendees can use to improve their ability to diagnose and treat the various disorders of haemostasis. The SSC also publishes the results of collaborative research, current reviews, diagnostic standards, disease nomenclature and classification, and physical and functional characterizations of coagulation standards.
If you would like to know how to participate in the work of the SSC, please submit an Expression of Interest Form or go to the group page of the subcommittee you would like to join and sign up. We would be pleased to learn of your interest.