The CAP’s accreditation programs provide an engaging, dynamic, collaborative process that fosters an environment of continuous improvement. The program’s peer inspection model, combined with annual checklist updates and year-round education, strengthens each laboratory’s ability to deliver high-quality service that ensures the best patient care possible.
Learn the Steps to Accreditation
From application to completion, we provide the tools and guidance you need so you can focus on what matters most—patient care.
The Guide to Accreditation contains all of the requirements and key processes necessary to become CAP accredited.
Access the Laboratory Accreditation section for more information about the accreditation program and for helpful resources.
Our searchable database identifies laboratories and biorepositories accredited by the CAP.
News from Accredited International Laboratories
We are proud to share the following stories from our recently accredited international laboratories
- HMC Laboratories get International Reaccreditation (Qatar)
- Aspetar Laboratory Re-Accredited for Highest Standards (Qatar)
- Baby Genes, Inc. Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists (India)
- Laboratory Facilities at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital Meet Highest International Quality Standards (UAE)
- タカラバイオ、大阪大学病院における当社がん遺伝子検査業務が米国病理学会の臨床検査室認定（CAP-LAP認定) (Japan)
- GRMC Lab Obtains CAP Accreditation (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands)
- OncoStem Diagnostics Receives Accreditation From CAP (India)
Important Requirements for International Laboratories
Staffing and Set up
- The laboratory must have a qualified laboratory director.
- The laboratory must enroll in CAP Proficiency Testing (PT)/External Quality Assurance (EQA) for a minimum of six months prior to initiating the CAP application process.
- Each separately accredited laboratory must be enrolled in CAP PT under its own CAP number.
- All disciplines practiced by the laboratory at the same location, under the same directorship, must be listed in the application. All disciplines will be inspected, as the CAP does not accredit portions of laboratories.
Documents Required in English
If English is not the operational language of your laboratory, the following requirements must be met:
- Prior to scheduling an inspection, English language translations of the following documents must be available:
- Laboratory organizational structure
- Instrument list
- Quality assurance/improvement programs
- Quality control programs
- A sample procedure for each laboratory discipline
- Responses to any deficiencies cited at the on-site inspection must be provided in English.
- Certain supporting documentation to a deficiency may be in your native language provided that the key elements that demonstrate compliance, as well as titles and major headings, are in English.
NOTE: The CAP may not be able to accept laboratories located in some geographic regions if there are commercial prohibitions or any other country risks.