College of American Pathologists

Commission on Laboratory Accreditation


Updated August 18, 2008

Reports to: Council on Accreditation

Charge: This Committee is charged to advance the Laboratory Accreditation Program under the direction of practicing pathologists to be the premier program for the inspection and accreditation of medical laboratories; to assure the at the program meets or exceeds regulatory requirements, incorporates best practices, and promotes continuous quality improvement; and to enhance the recognition of the role of the laboratory director.

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 other locations

Number of conference calls: 1 per month; 2nd Wednesday of Month (1 – 1.5 hours)

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:

Additional travel or time commitments:
Chair is also a member of the Council on Accreditation. Other members may also be CLA Committee Chairs or Regional Commissioners.

Activities of Committee

  • Committee is responsible for providing operational direction of the Laboratory Accreditation Program.
  • Additional responsibilities include oversight of the CLA Committees and Regional and State Commissioners.
  • The Commission also has the responsibility to elevate accreditation program issues to the Council on Accreditation.

Expertise or Experience Required

  • Good working knowledge of the laboratory accreditation requirements.
  • Knowledge of other regulatory requirements such as CLIA regulations is a positive.
  • Previous experience as a Regional or State Commissioner is also desired.

Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Gain experience in regulatory and accreditation compliance in both anatomic and clinical pathology.
  • Opportunity for speaking engagements and accreditation inspections.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • N/A




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