College of American Pathologists

  Applying for Laboratory Accreditation


Updated July 1, 2014

Applying for Accreditation Applying for Accreditation

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program meets the needs of a variety of laboratory settings from complex university medical centers to physician office laboratories. The program also covers a complete array of disciplines and testing procedures. Because of its comprehensive nature, CAP accreditation can help achieve a consistently high level of service throughout an institution or healthcare system.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority. It is also recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and can be used to meet many state certification requirements. The CAP also provides laboratory accreditation to forensic urine drug testing and reproductive laboratories, co-sponsored with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

To apply for CAP accreditation, down load, complete, and submit the CAP Application Request Form to the address listed on the bottom of the form. A non-refundable application fee is required to initiate the accreditation process.

If applying for multiple accreditation programs, CLIA numbers, satellites, clinics, or special-functions laboratories, please submit a separate Application Request Form for each program being accredited.


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