Experience the benefits of having all of your College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited laboratories inspected by a single inspection team.
- An assessment of integrated services to promote standardization
- One common version of the CAP Accreditation Checklists
- One coordinated inspection date for all sites
- A preinspection evaluation, conducted by a CAP inspection specialist, ensures an inspection team appropriate in size and scope.
- At the on-site inspection, a CAP inspection specialist participates in the on-site inspection to facilitate communication and ensure a consistent process.
- A post inspection global summation conference occurs with a final report to provide system-level feedback.
- Laboratories receive a CAP system inspection certificate to signify successful participation.
- The systems inspection option follows the same two-year cycle, peer-based inspection model, and checklist requirements as the Laboratory Accreditation Program.
Systems are eligible if there are at least two or more full-service laboratories that have common administration and ownership that are located within three hours ground travel from a centrally located laboratory. Enrollment and participation in the Laboratory Accreditation Program is a prerequisite for the Systems Option.
Systems Option must meet a minimum of six of the following integration criteria:
- One set of administrative policies
- Single, central management team
- Competency assessment at each site utilizing a System-wide standardized program
- System-wide quality improvement program
- System-wide quality control program
- Patient data managed using a common approach
- System-wide safety program
- System-wide specimen collection manual
Information specific to international laboratories interested in CAP Accreditation is available in the International Laboratories section.
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