Published on: December 30, 2002
College of American Pathologists Offers New Lab Preparedness Survey Product
Anti-Bioterrorism Educational Product Developed in Collaboration with the CDC
NORTHFIELD, ILL.— The College of American Pathologists (CAP), is now offering
a new product, the Laboratory Preparedness Survey (LPS), an anti-bioterrorism
educational product developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). This Survey is the latest addition to the CAP
Surveys Program, a program that delivers superior proficiency testing
materials to laboratories while providing true peer comparison with its
superior enrollment size.
Designed as a learning tool for medical laboratories, the LPS consists of two
annual shipments with five challenges of live surrogate organisms and/or
photomicrographs that approximate the characteristics of likely bioterrorism
threats like anthrax, smallpox, and plague.
After receiving the samples, the laboratories are asked to correctly identify
the agents represented and then return their conclusions to the CAP. Those
results are then evaluated by the CAP for accuracy and a Participant Summary
Report, evaluation, and critique are sent back to the laboratory.
“The College is working with the CDC to help improve the National Laboratory
Response Network by strengthening the link between the state and the clinical
laboratory systems. As part of that effort, the College has developed this
powerful educational tool,” said Paul A. Raslavicus, MD, president of the
College of American Pathologists.
Along with the challenges themselves, the LPS testing kit also includes useful
educational materials for microbiology personnel designed to augment their
recognition and identification of potential biowarfare agents that could
create a public health emergency.
The LPS also contains supporting information from the CDC to help ensure that
the laboratory’s protocols incorporate elements consistent with the CDC’s
national bioterrorism preparedness efforts.
“The CDC and the College recognize that pathologists and laboratory
technologists play a vital role in this country’s preparedness against the
threat of bioterrorism,” said Dr. Raslavicus. “In light of that, it is
important to give the practitioners of laboratory medicine the education and
the tools they need to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.”
For more information about the LPS product, visit
the CAP website.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly
16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.
It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists
and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP
is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.