Bio: Dr. Michael Noble is a medical microbiologist with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Over the past 32 years, he has focused much of his academic and professional time (and personal passion) in the arenas of laboratory quality management and external quality assessment (EQA).
In laboratory quality management, Noble has worked as an educator and researcher within the UBC program office for laboratory quality management, as a standards and guidelines developer with organizations including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). He has organized and chaired 30 national or international conferences dedicated to laboratory quality.
In EQA, he founded and managed Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT) as a program within the University of British Columbia. Begun as a local solution for a local program, CMPT has become a presence in international CMPT as a center for innovation and education for clinical microbiology and water bacteriology proficiency testing. Noble has also worked with a number of accreditation bodies as both an assessor and consultant.
He has given over 200 national and international presentations and written books, book chapters, manuscripts, and reports (150), all on the topics of clinical microbiology, laboratory quality and quality assessment. Noble also writes a popular online blog entitled Making Medical Lab Quality Relevant (www.medicallaboratoryquality.com).