HbA1c reporting change delayed

Implementation of changes to how HbA1c measurements are reported has been put back by two months.

GP reported fears last year that changing the reporting method could cause confusion (GP, 24 October 2008).

Measurements will switch to being reported in mmol/mol rather than percentages, giving a greater numerical value.

The changes are now due to take place on 1 June, Diabetes UK has said Implementation had been planned for 1 April.

Laboratories will initially give results in both units, said Diabetes UK care adviser Pav Kalsi: 'Change may cause confusion, so to help make the transition as easy as possible, all HbA1c results in the UK will be given in both percentage and mmol/mol until 31 May 2011.'

Three packs explaining the changes are available from the charity's website.

Mrs Kalsi said the move would standardise HbA1c measures worldwide.

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