Congratulations to our Covance Central Laboratory Services SA, in Geneva Switzerland for being the first of our laboratories to receive their ISO 15189 accreditation. The accreditation is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15189 Standard for laboratories’ technical competence, management, and continual improvement. It focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction, outlining standards for quality, and competence particular to medical laboratories.
CAP 15189 is voluntary, non-regulatory accreditation program to the ISO 15189 Standard as published by ISO. The program does not replace the CAP’s Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-based Laboratory Accreditation Program, but complements CAP accreditation and other quality systems. The program optimizes processes to improve patient care and strengthens quality standards while managing to reduce institutional errors and risks. Continue reading