The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Biorepository Accreditation program is designed to improve the quality and consistency of facilities that collect, process, store, and distribute biospecimens for research.
- First accreditation program for standardizing biorepository services
- Peer-based inspection model using one to two inspectors with current experience in an active biorepository and qualified through a CAP Inspector training program. CAP staff inspectors may supplement peer inspectors.
- On-site inspections occur every three years using CAP Accreditation Checklists to assess compliance with program requirements.
- Participating laboratories can access the checklists through e-LAB Solutions; and nonaccredited laboratories, may purchase the checklist.
- Facilities must receive, store, process, and/or disseminate biospecimens, their derivatives, and relevant data for research purposes.
- This program is not applicable for tissue stored for transplant purposes.
- The biorepository accreditation program is available only to biorepositories in the US and Canada.