CAP inspection

CAP inspection

A term for the formalised inspection of a clinical laboratory by the accreditation arm of the College of American Pathologists. During a CAP inspection, various aspects of the laboratory’s operations and management are evaluated, including procedure manuals, completeness of records, types and methods of quality control and factors that indicate that the lab is meeting high-quality standards.
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CAP inspection teams use the checklists as a guide to assess the laboratory's overall management and operation.
The certification, received following CAP inspection at Genetworx's clinical lab in Glen Allen, Virginia, is granted to facilities that exceed inspection qualifications.
During the CAP inspection process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control procedures.
One example is the Cap Inspection System from Enercon.
According to CAP's website, "the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority, which allows CAP inspection in lieu of a CMS inspection.
They don't think much about the laboratory's need for compliance with CAP inspection.
This is a significant benefit in applications such as can and bottle cap inspection, where objects are moving quickly by the camera and the results must be reported instantly.
She adds that the lab has established an "Always Ready" culture for biennial CAP inspection preparedness, leveraging automated email and calendar scheduling to make sure that hallmark dates and tasks are clear and achieved.
Because of the lab's outstanding 2009 CAP inspection outcomes, a national Ugandan newspaper, The Monitor, published an article on July 16, 2009, about the laboratory.
Maryland General Hospital, immediately post-satisfactory CAP inspection, was being inspected by the Maryland Department of Health for fraudulent laboratory practices involving HIV and hepatitis testing.
Q During a recent CAP inspection, the inspector recommended we use the cryptococcal antigen test as a replacement for the microscopic examination of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) specimens by the India ink method.
In one particularly memorable week in a lab I was supervising, we had two inspections: the CAP inspection and an unannounced state inspection.