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External Quality Assurance/Proficiency Testing for International Laboratories

Conducting the College of American Pathologists (CAP) External Quality Assurance (EQA)/Proficiency Testing (PT) for all patient reportable tests demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement and provides an excellent tool for learning and competency assessment.

For laboratories seeking CAP accreditation, enrollment is required for a minimum of six months prior to requesting an accreditation application.

CAP EQA/PT Enrollment Process

Select CAP EQA/PT Programs to Meet Your Test Menu

  1. Contact the CAP or your distributor for product selection assistance
  2. Select the CAP programs from our catalog.
  3. If you do not have a distributor in your country, access the International Ordering Information to learn about import and shipping processes

Submit EQA/PT Order to the CAP

  1. Download and complete the order form:
    1. 2020 Order Form
    2. Previous Year's (2019) Order Form
  2. Email the order to the CAP.
  3. Request a pro forma invoice, if needed.
  4. The CAP will mail you a unique identification number (CAP number) once the order is processed.

Create e-LAB Solutions Account

  1. Make sure you know your CAP number.     
  2. Follow the Getting Started Guide to set up your account.

Receive CAP EQA/PT Shipments and Perform Testing

  1. Unpack the kit.
  2. Read the instructions. Access the Kit Instructions Guide for additional assistance.
  3. Review How To Complete Results Form information.

Perform Assessment

  1. Review your evaluation and refer to the PT manual for guidance on how to interpret the report.
  2. Implement and document corrective action as referenced in the Troubleshooting Guide.

Please direct questions or comments to:

Customer Contact Center
+001 847-832-7000

contactcenter@cap.org