Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica     
Brusasco V., Crapo R., Viegi G. Coming together: the ATS/ERS consensus on clinical pulmonary function testing. In: European Respiratory Journal, vol. 26 (01) pp. 01 - 02. The European Respiratory Society, 2005.
Since 1979, guidelines for standardising pulmonary function tests have been published and updated by both the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 1-6 and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) 7-9. In addition, several joint ATS/ERS workshops on pulmonary function testing have been held and the resulting reports published 10, 11. In 1995, European scientists participated in the ATS updates of standards for spirometry and single-breath carbon monoxide diffusing capacity of the lung (DL,CO), but no joint statement has been published by the two societies. Although generally concordant, the spirometry and DL,CO guidelines published separately by the ATS and the ERS differed in some aspects that were of appreciable importance. Official guidelines for the measurement of lung volumes were made available by the ERS 7, 10, but not the ATS.
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