Hormone Standardization Program
The CDC Hormone Standardization Program improves the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome, certain cancers, and other diseases of steroid hormone excess and deficiency. The program makes more accurate and precise steroid hormone tests used in patient care and research, specifically testosterone, and estradiol.
The Clinical Chemistry Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences conducts this voluntary program. The program is nonregulatory, and it helps clinical, research, and public health laboratories maintain and enhance the quality and comparability of measurement results obtained from hormone tests.
Better laboratory data on steroid hormones will
- Assure consistency in patient care and public health efforts
- Enable the use of general reference ranges to identify individuals or population subgroups with unsafe levels of steroid hormones
- Minimize retesting of patients referred to another doctor
- Optimize the use of research findings by enabling pooling of data from different research studies
- Improve patient care through faster transfer of research findings to patient care and public health
The program provides services to laboratories, to manufacturers of diagnostic products, and to organizations involved in proficiency testing/external quality assessment schemes. Below are some of the services the hormone standardization program provides:
- Standardization of measurement procedures (Laboratory/Manufacturer Hormone Standardization Program or HoSt Program)
- Reference measurements services (in serum and other specimens used in calibration or calibration verification)
- Technical training and consultation on steroid hormone measurements
- Studies and study support to assess assay performance and help identify and address measurement problems
- Studies and study support to characterize materials intended for use as calibrators or trueness controls (i.e., commutability studies)
- Studies to define normal ranges and describe biological variability
- Guideline development
This program is endorsed by professional and medical organizations.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please click the links above to see an overview of each aspect of the Hormone Standardization Program.