What is EASI?
EASI stands for „European Autoimmunity Standardisation Initiative“.
The non-profit organization EASI was established with the goal of improving the situation in autoimmunity diagnostics, mostly by education of clinicians and laboratory staff and by improving the communication between the laboratory and clinicians [6]. “Autoimmunity Standardisation” refers in this case to standardised routine procedures in labs and a more standardized communication, e.g. by recommendations regarding which information should always be added to an antibody result to facilitate the interpretation by the clinician. EASI focusses majorly on rheumatic / systemic autoimmune diseases as the diagnostic situation is particularly complex in this area. 
In currently 20 European countries, National EASI Teams exist, built by laboratory specialists and clinical specialists such as rheumatologists or immunologists. Their goal is a national and international network and collaboration to improve the diagnostics of autoimmune and rheumatoid disorders.
EASI Forum: The National EASI Teams select one to two members to be part of the international EASI group, the EASI Forum. The EASI Forum meets once to twice per year. At these meetings current projects are discussed or new international EASI projects are decided. The EASI forum keeps regular contact and is very open for collaboration with other organizations such as EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism), the Autoantibody Standardization Committee or ICAP (International Consensus on ANA Patterns).
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The role of Thermo Fisher Scientific: EASI was founded in 2002 by Allan Wiik (Statens Serum Institute, Denmark) and Michael Haass (Marketing Manager at Phadia, now Thermo Fisher Scientific). Internationally as well as nationally, Thermo Fisher Scientific supports EASI by organizing and enabling the meetings, the meeting rooms, EASI sessions at conferences etc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has no influence on any content, decisions, publications or studies of the EASI groups.