The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is a global, nonprofit, standards-developing organization that promotes the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the healthcare community. For healthcare professionals, CLSI documents offer practical operating guidelines that lead to consistent practices, precision, and efficient use of resources. For industry, they promote effective use of healthcare technologies, and provide cost-and time-saving procedures for product development and approval. For government, these tools streamline the regulatory process. For the entire healthcare community, CLSI documents assure the levels of excellence and consistency that promote improved quality of life.