Why change the name?

While AACC has been the professional home for clinical chemists since it began, over the years AACC’s programs have grown in their appeal to other specialty areas working in or adjacent to the clinical lab. Today, AACC is already broadly serving those who work in or with the clinical laboratory.

During the Board’s two-year strategic plan discovery process, an important finding was the realization that the AACC name may also need to adapt to reflect a more inclusive, collaborative, and influential future for the field. That led to two years of research and stakeholder interviews assessing potential alternative naming options.

The AACC Board of Directors voted and unanimously chose to change the name of the organization to the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM). The member vote on this new name will be held live in-person or over Zoom on Friday, April 21. The deadline to RSVP for the vote was 12:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 20 and has now passed.

The name change has come about by listening to our members and focusing on the best way to ensure a bright future for our profession. Although we will initially operate as ADLM, formerly AACC, this new name offers us a different way of talking about ourselves, but the organization’s vision remains the same: better health through laboratory medicine.

I am a clinical chemist. How can I be sure that AACC will remain my professional home?

Though the name change and rebranding will affect the association and members in a variety of ways, it’s important to emphasize that—with membership including more than 85% of total DABCC diplomates in addition to many others boarded in clinical chemistry—ADLM will remain the professional home for clinical chemists. From our annual meeting and publications content to our educational events and webinars, clinical chemistry will continue to be the lynchpin of our offerings and ADLM will carry on as the essential community for laboratory experts to network and be around the people in our field.

For example, we will continue using member feedback and the needs assessment surveys to guide the Education Core Committee and the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee in developing educational content for our annual meeting. Our leaders will continue to be selected by the nominating committee, who are individuals the membership elects.

Of course, clinical chemists have always constituted the core of our membership, and as a result we expect the association to continue advocating vigorously for them and their interests. The name change is a way to acknowledge what we’re already doing under the pillars of our strategic plan and make sure that the wider world of clinical laboratorians understands that we have valuable content and expertise that is relevant to them, while removing barriers from their participation or engagement due to our name.

How is this name change going to impact the programs, projects, and publications of the association?

Making this transition is a significant undertaking. We have a lot of work to do to make the full transition, which will take a few years to completely permeate through all of the association’s programs, services, and audiences. A Branding Transition Task Force has been formed and is already meeting to address important transition issues. The makeup of the task force includes member representatives in key program areas who serve as liaisons with committees, councils, and other programs. This task force is leading efforts to ensure the successful transition to the ADLM name where appropriate across all AACC programs and services.

As the Transition Task Force work progresses, simultaneously there will be a series of communications to share progress with membership, including opportunities to engage directly with leadership. We will also once again engage volunteer leaders in discussions about the transition during the April Committee Weekend.

We will initially operate as ADLM, formerly AACC, and a number of prominent activities will take place at the public kick-off in Anaheim this July at the Annual Scientific Meeting for the broader lab medicine community.

Why are we having a live membership vote on the new name when we’ve always had electronic votes in the past?

The new name is one of the biggest changes that has ever happened for the association and the Board of Directors wants to ensure that members have the best opportunity to make their voices heard about it. We believe a live membership vote is that opportunity.

From a legal perspective, AACC is incorporated in New York state and therefore must follow that state’s not-for-profit corporation law. New York does not permit members to vote outside of a membership meeting except for in the case of elections or when there is unanimous written consent of the members.

If you are not able to attend the live vote, you may appoint another AACC member to attend as your proxy and vote on your behalf. To do so, please fill out this form and return it as a scanned attachment to [email protected] by 9 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 19. Please note that the deadline to appoint a proxy has now passed.

How do I make a comment about this name change?

The commenting process for the vote on AACC’s new name follows the process used during the open public hearing portion of any federal agency advisory committee (such as the FDA). The deadline to register intention to speak at the meeting was April 11 and has now passed.

Only members who registered their intent to speak will be assured an opportunity to comment. Those who did not register their desire to speak will be accommodated as time permits.