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Reports to: Council on Accreditation

Charge: The committee reporting to the Council on Accreditation (CoA), has been charged with ensuring objectivity and consistency in CAP ISO accreditation decision making by centralizing the decision making criteria and processes. This committee will also oversee the development of audit tools for ISO Accreditation, the development of supporting guidance documents and education materials for use by the auditor and participating laboratories, define the policies and criteria for ISO 15189 accreditation, and determine accreditation for a laboratory.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 4
Length of each meeting: One full day
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday default, alternative Friday or Sunday with Committee consensus

Location of meetings: Most meetings will be within 30 minutes of an airport.

Number of conference calls: Approximately 12 per year (1 per month).

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 3 hours/week

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance by the Chair at CoA meetings.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Review/contribute materials created for the development of CAP’s accreditation program based on ISO 15189
  • Define the policies for the program
  • Review the assessment findings, ongoing monitoring, and corrective action reports to determine the status for a laboratory’s ISO accreditation

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Knowledge of quality management systems
  • Knowledge of laboratories
  • Some knowledge of accreditation
  • Prefer ISO accreditation or certification experience
  • Basic skills in electronic communication: all documents for review by the committee are transmitted electronically, select paper copies are distributed in face to face meetings only

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Experienced is gained in understanding of ISO standards and implementing an ISO system
  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • None

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