CAP Inspections Update

US Inspections Suspended Until Further Notice

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has successfully petitioned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend all inspections except Immediate Jeopardy/Complaint inspections (and associated follow-up revisit inspections) until further notice. In accordance with this decision:

  • The CAP has suspended all routine on-site inspections during this national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Once the CAP resumes routine inspections, laboratories will receive prior notification of the inspection date to ensure the inspection can occur as planned.
  • During this time, impacted laboratories will remain CAP accredited.
  • Additionally, to maintain quality and safety during this time, impacted laboratories must continue proficiency testing (PT) participation and follow all CAP requirements.
  • Read more here

International inspections
Internationally, the CAP has postponed all scheduled and requested laboratory inspections until at least June 1, 2020.

Self-inspections (both US and international)
We have granted a 30-day extension to all laboratories that have a self-inspection due by June 1, 2020.

We hear you: The CAP Responds to Your COVID-19 Questions
Make sure to visit regularly for updates to your COVID-19 questions, including the availability of COVID-19 proficiency testing.

For all the CAP’s COVID-19 related updates, visit COVID-19 Information and COVID-19 Updates.