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CLIA & Accrediting Organizations

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments To ensure quality laboratory testing is performed throughout the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services established the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments.

Laboratory Accrediting Organizations Laboratories can elect to meet the CLIA regulations by following the requirements of one of the following laboratory accrediting organizations under a CLIA Certificate of Accreditation. These organizations’ requirements are equal to or more stringent than CLIA.

COLA

COLA is a laboratory accrediting organization that has been granted deemed status by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. See the links below for some important information on their accreditation program and visit the COLA website for additional resources.

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

The College of American Pathologists has been granted deemed status as a laboratory accrediting organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The links below offer much needed information about their accreditation program and many additional resources.

Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)

The American Osteopathic Association’s Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey clinical laboratories for compliance with CMS standards. Visit their website below and use the hyperlinks provided to learn more about their program.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey clinical laboratories for compliance with CMS standards. Their website offers valuable information on their accreditation program and other resources to support quality laboratory testing and patient safety.

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