Biorepository Accreditation Program


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.

Biorespository Accreditation Cycle

Program Details

  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

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