Commission on Laboratory Accreditation

 

Charge

To advance the Laboratory Accreditation Program under the direction of practicing pathologists to be the premier program for the inspection and accreditation of medical laboratories; to assure the at the program meets or exceeds regulatory requirements, incorporates best practices, and promotes continuous quality improvement; and to enhance the recognition of the role of the laboratory director.

This committee reports to the Council on Accreditation. View a list of the current committee members.

Commitment

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 1 day
Typical meeting days Friday
Meeting locations One meeting takes place in Chicago and the others take place in two other locations.
Number of conference calls 1 per month; second Wednesday of month (1-1.5 hours)
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Varies
Additional travel or time commitments The chair is also a member of the Council on Accreditation. Other members may also be Commission on Laboratory Accreditation committee chairs or regional commissioners.

Activities of Committee

  • Committee is responsible for providing operational direction of the laboratory accreditation program.
  • Additional responsibilities include oversight of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation committees and regional and state commissioners.
  • The Commission also has the responsibility to elevate accreditation program issues to the Council on Accreditation.

Expertise or Experience

  • Good working knowledge of the laboratory accreditation requirements
  • Knowledge of other regulatory requirements such as Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments regulations is a positive
  • Previous experience as a regional or state commissioner is also desired

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Gain experience in regulatory and accreditation compliance in both anatomic and clinical pathology
  • Opportunity for speaking engagements and accreditation inspections
 

Interested in Joining this Committee?