assurance program. There is now a trend towards accepting ISO 15189 as the standard for all accreditation bodies in order to provide uniformity of standards and cross-recognition. Examples of accreditation authorities include the CPA (College of American Pathologists) in the U.S., CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation) in the UK, NATA in Australia and HOKLAS for Hong Kong. UK System In the UK, pathology department accreditation is carried out by an independent non-profit making company known as CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation) which is jointly owned by several bodies including the Royal College of Pathologists. There are similar bodies for laboratory accreditation in other countries such as the that operated by the Colloege of American Pathologists in the US and NATA in Australia. In the past, the standards of these accreditation bodies varied. Accreditation is an external audit of an applicant department’s organization and quality assurance program. The CPA defines standards for organization and performance of clinical pathology. Applicant departments assess themselves against those standards and fill in a form to indicate compliance with or, exemption from them and send this, together with details of their facilities and repertoire to CPA. At this stage, provisional accreditation is awarded if all seems to be in order. Some time later, the department is subjected to an on-site inspection. If all seems to be well, full accreditation is granted at this stage. Should
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