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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 in proficiency testing 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 find a distributor in your location for product selection assistance based on your test menu.
  2. Review the available CAP programs from our catalog.
  3. Access our ordering information to learn about import and shipping processes if you do not have a distributor.

Submit EQA/PT Order to the CAP

  1. Download and complete the order form:
    1. 2021 Order Form for International
    2. Previous Year's (2020) Order Form
  2. Email the order to the CAP.
  3. Request a quote (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 Quick Start Guide to set up your account.

Prepare for Importation

  1. The CAP EQA/PT programs may require additional information and steps to allow importation into your country or republic. Access the Importation Resource Guide to understand the process and resources available.
  2. Contact your local government agency to identify importation and documentation requirements for clearance.
  3. Gather and prepare all required documents. Some supporting resources to help with the preparation include: Pre-Alert messages which are sent prior to the date of export, the Commercial Invoice (attached to the Pre-Alert email), and an Intent for Use letter which explains the purpose of our programs.
  4. Submit all required documents to your government agency prior to shipment (date of export) to avoid delays.

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