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Important Changes to Accreditation Inspection Cycles

Date: October 14, 2021

Please note: Many CAP-accredited laboratories are being inspected on-time and will not be impacted by the following:

The COVID-19 public health emergency has impacted the inspection cycles of many CAP-accredited laboratories, delaying inspections and shortening the time to the next inspection or self-inspection.

We know the pandemic continues to place stress on you and your laboratory. We have been listening to your concerns regarding delayed inspections being followed too soon by the next inspection. To address these concerns, the CAP is:

  • Adjusting inspection cycles to maintain our established inspection interval of two years.
  • Contacting impacted laboratories, over the next few weeks, with specific information. Laboratories are in different stages of their inspection cycle and may be affected in different ways (eg, receiving a new Certificate of Accreditation with a new anniversary date, or having an upcoming self-inspection cancelled).

If you have any questions, please call an accreditation representative at 800-323-4040, +001-847-832-7000 option 1, or email accred@cap.org.