The manual is published by CAP to include comprehensive inspection guidelines[1, 4] and procedures[1, 4], ensuring quality standards are met. It employs the use of checklists aimed at assessing participating lab’s compliance with quality standards and OSHA[2, 3] inspection processes. Eighteen to Twenty checklists consisting thousands of different questions are used for the laboratories’ assessment. The checklist is handed to the laboratories that are applying for accreditation before the inspection[1, 4] process commences.
Some examples of checklists questions are presence of safety policies, procedures for radiation safety, personal protective equipment, assurance of personnel’s vaccination against Hepatitis B and policies regarding recording and documenting[2, 4] injuries.
1. Judith A. O’Brien. 2000. Common Problems In Clinical Laboratory Management. Surviving Inspections And Attaining Accreditation 11: 251-257.
2. College of American Pathologist and Applicable Clinical Laboratory Safety Regulations PART III. Retrieved 16th June, 2008 from http://www.iupui.edu/~cletcrse/370/cap.htm
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved 16th June, 2008 from http://www.osha.gov/
4. Collage of American Pathologist - CAP Accreditation New Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved 16th June, 2008 from http://capstaging.cap.org/apps/cap.portal?_nfpb=true&cntvwrPtlt_actionOverride=%2Fportlets%2FcontentViewer%2Fshow&_windowLabel=cntvwrPtlt&cntvwrPtlt%7BactionForm.contentReference%7D=laboratory_accreditation%2Finitiative_faq.html&_state=maximized&_pageLabel=cntvwr
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By: Ma Xianwei Benjamin
Class: TG01 Group 2
Word Count: 100 words
Date of submission: 16 June 2008