Pathology laboratories are undergoing a significant change. UKAS is currently managing the transition of all CPA accredited laboratories to UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standard ISO 15189:2012 Medical Laboratories- particular requirements for quality, competence. Since October 2013 CPA accredited laboratories started being assessed to ISO 15189; assessment dates will depend on the schedule of laboratories next main visit.
UKAS have announced that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have approved the UKAS healthcare accreditation scheme, Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) meaning it is now formally recognised as part of the CQC inspection programme.
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