College of American Pathologists

  Accreditation Education Committee


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Reports to: Commission on Laboratory Accreditation

Charge: To oversee, in cooperation with other CLA committees, the continual development and implementation of all education activities that support the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program for inspectors, participating laboratories and Program leadership; to further the adoption of good laboratory practices; and to support the role of the CAP as the leader in laboratory accreditation.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 1 day
Typical meeting days of the week: Thursday or Friday

Location of meetings: 1 in Chicago, 2 in other locations

Number of conference calls: Up to 3-4 one-hour conference calls per year, typically in the months when face-to-face meetings are not scheduled

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings and conference calls:
Chair: 10-20 hours per month; Members: 5-10 hours per month.

Additional travel or time commitments:

  • Chair also is a member of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation
  • Chair or his designee is a member of the Council on Education
  • Chair and members present LAP audioconferences (generally 1-2 each annually)
  • Chair and members called upon occasionally to serve as faculty at workshops and seminars

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Review, develop and recommend Program policies regarding inspector education and qualifications.
  • Recommend annual curriculum for Continuous Compliance Master Series (webconference/webinars) and provide review and suggestions to presenters to ensure appropriate content for intended audiences.
  • Provide guidance on and approve the curriculum necessary for establishing and maintaining a qualified inspector pool and continuous compliance with accreditation requirements for participating laboratories.
  • Review and approve education activity content and delivery systems in order to meet participant needs and support the College’s laboratory improvement and educational objectives.
  • Provide technical input and expert source recommendations for accreditation education activities including speaking engagements.
  • Review data regarding common laboratory deficiencies to update as necessary education programs.
  • Continuously refine and monitor metrics that assess the effectiveness of Program education.
  • Develop and refine mechanisms for obtaining feedback from inspected laboratories and inspectors in order to improve education programs, and direct this information to other CLA Committees for integration into Program enhancements.
  • Provide guidance on Program leadership training curriculum and requirements (e.g., Assigning Commissioner training).

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required: Experience as a CAP inspector, solid working knowledge of Laboratory Accreditation Program standards and requirements, participation in LAP training, interest in education. Additionally, experience as faculty/presenter and knowledge of ACCME and AMA requirements a plus.

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee: Opportunity to:

  • Develop expertise in curriculum design, development and management,
  • Identify and correct inspector deficiencies (feedback to own program),
  • Serve as faculty at LAP workshops, seminars and speaking engagements.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • N/A

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