Posted April 17, 2012
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has begun inspecting and accrediting biorepositories, providing confidence through the delivery of high-quality biospecimens.
The Accreditation for Biorepositories Program, based on a three-year cycle, includes on-site inspection, self-assessments, and consultative desk reviews. Featuring a peer-inspection review model, the program encourages the exchange of knowledge and best practices with repository experts.
Biorepository accreditation elevates the quality of operations and encourages compliance with standardized criteria to improve patient care.
The CAP collaborated with other organizations as it developed the program, including a specific checklist for biorepositories. Included in the technical requirements of the biorepository checklist are guidelines based on:
- International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories’ Best Practices for Repositories,
- Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research’s NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources,
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation’s Best Practice Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres
- CAP Accreditation Checklists
For more information about the program, visit our Specialty Accreditation Programs Web page.