CEQAL was established in 1988 as a reference method laboratory for the standardization of lipid testing in Canada. Since then, we have grown to become a respected authority in the accuracy assessment of healthcare testing worldwide. While the scope of our services has certainly evolved, our mission remains the same: To raise the quality of testing in healthcare to the highest level.
To this end, we now operate many credentialed reference methods and can assign target values to more than 20 analytes covering a wide range of clinical applications. CEQAL is also a member of the Cholesterol Reference Method Laboratory Network (CRMLN) - a group of seven international reference method laboratories established as an accuracy resource for the standardization of lipid testing in North America and internationally. This membership documents the accuracy of our lipid reference methods and establishes traceability to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (CDC-NHLBI) Lipid Standardization Program.
Founder & Managing Director
Dr. Seccombe is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The former Head of Chemistry at the Vancouver General Hospital and past President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry. He currently holds many professional memberships, including the Canadian Association of Pathologists, the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Seccombe is also a member of the IFCC/NKDEP and the IFCC/WasPALM laboratory working groups for the standardization of testing in chronic kidney disease. He has published widely on the quality of testing in medical laboratories and is recognized as an international expert in standardization.
Director, Reference Method Laboratory
A past supervisor of the R+D laboratories of both Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospitals, Ms. Jacobson brings 30+ years of experience in medical biochemistry. Her laboratory education includes RT and ART designations as well as advanced training in Molecular Diagnostics and Atomic Spectroscopy. For her ART thesis, she earned the prestigious Fisher Scientific Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to Clinical Chemistry as a profession.” She was also bestowed the Master Medical Technologist Award as well as the General Proficiency Medal in the field of Medical Technology. Over the course of her career, Ms. Jacobson has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications and is known throughout the industry for her high level of expertise, uncompromising standards, and unwavering commitment to her clients. She currently manages CEQAL’s reference laboratory day-to-day.
We are fortunate to work with a diverse and dedicated group of clients, ranging from community-based test providers to state-of-the-art medical laboratories and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. What they have in common is a strong desire to improve the quality of their test results, the efficiency of their business, and the health of the patients who depend on them. Here are a few of the clients we have worked with: