Frequently Asked Questions


COVID-19 Safety


When and where will the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo be held?

In 2021, the event will be at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, USA.

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will take place September 26-30 and the Clinical Lab Expo will take place on September 28–30.

These meeting dates reflect the global timeline for coronavirus vaccinations, and we believe that this fall timeline will allow us to plan with confidence for a safe and healthy live, in-person meeting.

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What is the address and phone number of the convention center?


285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
United States


Where can I find a map of the convention center?

You can view the floor plans of the Georgia World Congress Center here.

What is the difference between the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting conference and the Clinical Lab Expo?

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting includes hundreds of educational sessions on a wide variety of timely laboratory medicine topics.

The Clinical Lab Expo is the exhibit tradeshow of the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and will host exhibitors in all areas of clinical laboratory science.

Can I earn CE/CME at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

Yes, attendees of the meeting’s scientific sessions can earn both ACCENT® continuing education (CE) credits and continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Is there a job fair or career fair at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

No, there is no job fair or career fair onsite at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

If you are looking for a position in the field of laboratory medicine, visit AACC’s Career Center to browse job listings from hundreds of clinical laboratories across the world.

Are there networking or other activities at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

Numerous auxiliary meetings take place during the week of the conference that are held by AACC Divisions and Local Sections, partnering organizations, educational entities, and international working groups.

AACC and its official entities also hold several special events over the course of the meeting, including the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Event, the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians Mixer, and Division and Joint Division Mixers. Check back for more information on these events as we get closer to the meeting.

Is AACC considering canceling or moving its meeting from Atlanta because of the recent Georgia voter legislation?

We recognize that the voter legislation recently passed in Georgia is controversial, and we have paid close attention to members’ concerns and to recent calls for a boycott of Georgia.
The Georgia legislation was passed after the commitment to move the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to Atlanta had been made and – with such a large meeting happening so soon – it is not possible to move it yet again to another location.

Additionally, AACC heeds the calls from Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (and daughter of MLK), who opposed the bill but says that a boycott would hurt middle-class workers and those facing poverty.

We believe that holding the meeting in September will be a good way to support the people of Georgia and help bring economic opportunities to the state. We are also exploring ways that our community can help the Atlanta community during the week of our meeting.

COVID-19 Safety

What health safety measures will be in place at the Georgia World Congress Center?

The Georgia World Congress Center has received GBAC Star accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA Inc., the leading association for the cleaning industry. Accreditation is awarded to facilities that follow a high standard of cleaning, disinfection, and disease prevention and that follow proper cleaning and disinfection protocols and workplace practices.

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Will meeting attendees be required to wear masks?

All event organizers, attendees, and guests will be required to wear face coverings inside and in line for any indoor public space; in any room or enclosed area where an individual is unable to distance from those outside their own households; and outside when within six feet of others.

Masks will also be available for purchase onsite or you can bring your own mask.

Does the convention center have on-site medical facilities?

First aid staff will be located at stations in the Georgia World Congress Center and will be able to assist attendees or exhibitors as needed.

Will there be hand sanitizer at the convention center?

Contactless hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the building for use by all individuals.

Will badges be mailed?

Name badges will be mailed ahead of arrival to conference and Expo Only attendees to limit on-site queuing.

What social distancing measures will be in place at the convention center?

  • Signage and floor decals will be used to encourage social distancing in common areas.
  • Plexiglass separations will be placed at registration stations, points of sale locations, concession areas, etc.
  • Educational session start/end times will be staggered to encourage a reduced number of attendees in common areas.

What other COVID-19 safety measures will attendees need to follow?

By attending our 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, GA, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety while attending the event. This includes, but is not limited to temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times in public areas, engaging in appropriate physical distancing, and not attending the event if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

New Meeting Location and Dates

To ensure a successful live event, this year’s meeting has moved to Atlanta, Georgia and will now take place on September 26-30.


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