ASTM is the historical and widely used reference for the Interface built into every Sofia 2. ASTM stands for the American Society of Testing and Materials. The ASTM organization maintained the standard for Medical Device Interfaces for many years. The standard is now maintained and developed by CLSI, the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formally NCCLS).
We still use the term ASTM when referring to the Sofia 2 interface because much of the industry does. Seasoned Lab Managers, LIS vendors and instrument software vendors are usually instantly familiar with the connection referred to as an “ASTM Interface.” So when inquiring with an LIS vendor if they can provide an interface for a Sofia 2, we suggest using the term ASTM interface.
Complete detail on our implementation of the current ASTM (CLSI) interface is found in our Sofia 2 LIS Interface Specification.