College of American Pathologists

  Checklists Committee


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Reports to: Commission on Laboratory Accreditation

Charge: To ensure that the accreditation requirements of the CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program promote high standards in pathology and laboratory medicine, embrace a global outlook and are equal to or go beyond regulatory demands.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

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

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

Number of conference calls: Scheduled on an as needed basis; usually fewer than 6 per year

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings and conference calls:
Variable, but less than 1 hour per week

Additional travel or time commitments:
The chair is a member of the CLA. Other members may join task groups working on special checklist projects.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Work with appropriate Council on Scientific Affairs Resource Committees to:
    • Keep Checklists up-to-date and reflective of best practices in pathology and laboratory medicine
    • Use information on problematic questions (e.g. most common deficiencies, item identified by inspectors and laboratories as unclear concerning intent) to improve Checklist content
  • Provide information and scientific expertise for matters relating to laboratory safety for inclusion in the Checklists, and monitor and comment on related regulatory issues
  • Oversee development and ongoing maintenance of crosswalks to CLIA, the Joint Commission (TJC) and other related agency standards, and ensure that the Program standards and Checklists accurately incorporate all CLIA regulations
  • Provide input on checklist tools and guidance documents for laboratory inspection preparation

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Good working knowledge of the laboratory accreditation requirements
  • Knowledge of other regulatory requirements such as CLIA
  • Special expertise in one or more laboratory disciplines
  • Previous experience as a Regional or State Commissioner is also desired

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

  • Gain experience in regulatory and accreditation compliance in both anatomic and clinical pathology

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • None required

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