Find out how prepared you are for the College of American Pathologists (CAP's) Laboratory Accreditation Program.
CAP Accreditation-Readiness Assessment (CARA) is an educational on-site evaluation of your laboratory’s current status on key criteria pertaining to CAP Accreditation before the official process begins.
CARA will help laboratory staff to:
- Better understand CAP Accreditation requirements as they apply specifically to your facility
- Identify areas where your laboratory's performance meets standards and where improvement is necessary
- Provide your laboratory with the tools to develop an action plan
- An assessment by CAP inspection specialists educates the laboratory staff with specific, reliable, and actionable information in preparation for CAP Accreditation.
- Findings are for the laboratory's use only; they are not part of the laboratory’s accreditation history or made available to subsequent CAP inspection teams.
- CARA assessments are tailored to each laboratory, but typically include the following aspects:
- Laboratory Information Systems (LIS)
- Laboratory Reports and Test Requisitions
- Method Validation Studies
- Quality Management Program
- Quality Control Program
- Document Control Program
- Proficiency Testing Program/External Quality Assessment (EQA)
- Laboratory Safety Program
- Personnel Training and Competency Programs
- Transfusion and Donor Service Practices
Information specific to international laboratories interested in CAP Accreditation is available in the International Laboratories section.