Clinical Pathology Accreditation


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Clinical Pathology Accreditation

A laboratory accreditation service which is part of UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), and operates a voluntary accreditation scheme determined by strict guidelines involving a thorough assessment of all procedures within the laboratory, including external quality assessment, internal quality control, standard operating procedures and personnel training, as well as a thorough site inspection. To ensure standards are maintained after successful accreditation, the laboratory must apply annually to renew registration, and have a site inspection at regular intervals.
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The Royal College of Pathologists recognises that attainment of consultant status will be medical consultant equivalents and this status is similarly recognized by the Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd in its standards for laboratory accreditation which states: "Each discipline shall be professionally directed by a consultant pathologist or a clinical scientist of equivalent status".
The team, which analyses more than %m patient blood samples a year, were put through a four day inspection by Clinical Pathology Accreditation Ltd, last month.

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