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Harmonisation of full blood count reports, recommendations of the French-speaking cellular haematology group (GFHC)
  1. Franck Trimoreau1,
  2. Anne-Cécile Galoisy2,
  3. Franck Geneviève3,
  4. Valérie Bardet4,
  5. Edouard Cornet5,
  6. Jean-Pierre Hurst6,
  7. Jean-François Lesesve7,
  8. Vincent Leymarie1,8,
  9. Daniel Lusina9,
  10. Benoite Perez10,
  11. Jean-Yves Cahn11,
  12. Gandhi Damaj12,
  13. Valérie Ugo3,
  14. Xavier Troussard5
  15. for the French-Speaking Cellular Haematology Group
  1. 1Haematology Laboratory, CHU de Limoges, Limoges, France
  2. 2Haematology Laboratory, CHU de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  3. 3Haematology Laboratory, CHU d'Angers, Angers, France
  4. 4Haematology-Immunology Department, University Hospitals Paris Ile de France-Ouest, CHU Ambroise Paré, Paris, France
  5. 5Haematology Laboratory, CHU Côte de Nacre, Caen, France
  6. 6Biology Laboratory, Groupe Hospitalier du Havre, Le Havre, France
  7. 7Biological Haematology Department, CHU de Nancy, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
  8. 8LABM, Brive la Gaillarde, France
  9. 9Biological Haematology Department, Avicenne Hospital, Paris, France
  10. 10SELAS LABOMAINE, Le Mans, France
  11. 11Clinical Haematology Department, CHU de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  12. 12Clinical Haematology Department, CHU de Caen, Caen, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Franck Trimoreau, Haematology Laboratory, CBRS, CHU Dupuytren, 2 av Martin Luther King, Limoges 87042, France; franck.trimoreau{at}


Aims To propose recommendations related to the presentation, content and formulation of full blood count analysis reports.

Methods Strong professional agreement among a group of experts from the French-Speaking Cellular Haematology Group (GFHC) was obtained.

Results The following two proposals emerged from the consensus: (1) stratification of comments into three parts upon the discovery of an anomaly in blood cell analysis and (2) selection and/or redefinition of the terms recommended for designating the cell types found in normal and pathological peripheral blood.

Conclusions The recommendations can help biologists who are currently undergoing the process of accreditation.


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  • Handling editor Mary Frances McMullin

  • Contributors FT and XT designed the study. FT, A-CG, FG, VB, EC, JPH, J-FL, VL, DL, BP and XT constituted the expert panel from the GFHC study group. J-YC, GD and VU were the physicians who carefully revised the manuscript. All the authors participated to the writing and reviewing of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.