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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Support by diagnostic industry: Internationally as well as nationally, Thermo Fisher Scientific used to support EASI by e.g. organizing and enabling meetings. Thermo Fisher Scientific never had any influence
on content or decisions of the EASI groups. In 2022, Thermo Fisher stopped any direct support of EASI but agreed on still supporting the initiative by educational funds whenever necessary to continue the
work of EASI. The EASI Forum currently discusses, whether members of the diagnostic industry (not only Thermo Fisher) will be invited to participate at EASI forum meetings. On regional level, however,
diagnostic companies are usually not involved.