The history of the DGKL


The German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine e.V. (DGKL) was founded in the year 2003 through the fusion of the two medical-scientific committees of professional associations DGKC (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Chemie) and DGLM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Laboratoriumsmedizin), after a 12 year merger and consolidation phase. On the 8th of May 2003 the newly consolidated association was recorded in the register of associations of the city of Frankfurt am Main with retrospective effect back to 1st of July 2002.

The founding committee was put together with equal right of determination from members of the preceding associations of the DGKC and DGLM.

The first challenge of the new DGKL-executive committee, consisting of the President Professor Michael Oellerich (previously DGLM), the Vice-President Professor Knut Kleesiek (previously DGKC), the Secretary Professor Wolfgang Vogt (previously DGLM), the Treasurer Professor Heinrich Patscheke (previously DGKC) and the additional executive committee members Professor Ingolf Schimke (previously DGKC) and Professor Utz Merten (previously DGLM), was the virtual fusion of both professional associations and the creation of a “corporate identity” as the basis of a uniform appearance both inwardly and outwardly.

In all practicality this means, amongst other things, the creation of a new logo, the consolidation of the congresses and fees as well as the continuation of the Reference Institute for Bioanalytics (RfB) as established and ordered, as an inter-laboratory test organization, by the German Medical Association.

The goal of the merger of both professional associations was a strong unified appearance and the avoidance of redundancies and of a mutual inhibition in national and international boards as well as in discussions with representatives of politics, officials, boards, organizations and Universities.

This way the mutual goals, like e.g. the institutional rootedness of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine as scientific subjects and the preservation of professorships can continue to be pursued.
The newest examples of the successful work of the DGKL are mentioned here as representation of that work: the preservation of chairs at the Institute for clinical chemistry of the medical Hochschule Hannover through the establishment of a foundation professorship and the revision of the draft for the directive of the German Medical Association for the quality assurance of laboratory medical analysis through the DGKL- work group “Qualitative Laboratorial Analysis”.

Due to the consolidation of skills and resources, the new unified association is well armed and prepared to successfully continue to develop the subject matter of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.


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Schimke, I., Meißner, D. und Hoffmann, H.: Gesellschaft für Klinische Chemie und Laboratoriumsmedizin der DDR; Klinische Chemie Mitteilungen 2004; 35 (5) S. 107-111

Merten, U.P. und Merten, M.L.: Laboratoriumsmedizin - Basis aller Diagnostik, Geschichte der Laboratoriumsmedizin und ihrer Gesellschaften in Deutschland; Frieling-Verlag Berlin, ISBN 978-3-8280-2402-5, 1. Auflage 2006

left to right: Prof. I. Schimke, Prof. U. Merten, Prof. W. Vogt, Prof. K. Kleesiek, Prof. M. Oellerich, Prof. H. Patscheke