Published on November 20, 2008
Contact: Sue Masaracchia-Roberts
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7319
Accreditation to the International Standards Organization for
Quality Management Granted to First U.S. Lab
Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP), a deemed accreditation authority, is pleased to announce it has awarded the CAP 15189SM Accreditation to Piedmont Medical Laboratory. This accreditation is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for laboratory technical competence and continual quality management and focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction, outlining standards for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories. Piedmont is the first laboratory in the United States to attain this accreditation.
CAP 15189SM is a voluntary, non-regulated accreditation to the ISO 15189:2007 Standard as published by the International Organization for Standardization. This program does not replace the CLIA-based Laboratory Accreditation Program, but complements CAP accreditation and other quality systems. This program optimizes processes to improve patient care, strengthen quality standards while reducing institutional errors and risks, and controls costs. CAP 15189 is an educational program that offers a highly disciplined approach to implementing and sustaining change.
According to Joseph Skrisson, president and CEO of Piedmont Medical Center in Winchester, VA, “The CAP 15189 accreditation program is a milestone for laboratory medicine in the U.S.A. CAP’s recognition and endorsement of ISO will serve as a catalyst for wider acceptance of the ISO standards and principles by laboratories in North America. Since ISO 15189 is becoming the laboratory
industry’s international language for quality and competence I will be looking forward to one day sitting down with colleagues from around the world to share ideas and discuss the challenges facing all of us in laboratory medicine today.”
“CAP 15189 is a highly disciplined approach to implementing and sustaining best laboratory practices as well as quality management,” said Cordelia Sever, M.D., FCAP, chair of the CAP 15189 Committee. “We are very impressed by the efforts displayed by Piedmont in achieving this landmark accreditation and look forward to a long partnership that will benefit patients and the accredited organization.”
Dr. Sever added, “Although the 15189:2007 Standard is not currently mandated in the United States, CAP believes that laboratories that strive to be in the top ten percent in quality will benefit from seeking this standard and is proud to make it available to American laboratories.”
For additional information on the CAP 15189:2007 program, visit the CAP Web site.