A College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation program designed for the unique needs of reproductive laboratories in collaboration with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
* International laboratories must be enrolled in CAP proficiency testing for a minimum of six months before requesting an application.
** The initial inspection is announced for all CAP accreditation programs. Thereafter, all US inspections for the Laboratory Accreditation Program are unannounced (and performed within 90 days preceding the anniversary date) due to the CAP’s deemed status with the Joint Commission. Subsequent international and specialty accreditation program inspections are announced.
- Peer-based inspection model using practicing professionals as inspectors, who are qualified through a CAP inspector training program.
- On-site inspections occur every two 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 checklists.
- Accepted by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) to meet membership requirements for in vitro fertilization facilities.
- Laboratories that perform at least one embryology-related procedure or perform semen analysis and at least one additional high complexity test are eligible for this program.
- Services accredited include embryology, andrology, cryopreservation, gametes/embryos storage, and limited diagnostic testing (eg, hormone assays, hematology, etc).
- Information specific to international laboratories interested in CAP Accreditation is available in the International Laboratories section.
Program approved by Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for the accreditation of diagnostic testing regulated by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) 88 and is recognized by The Joint Commission.