Medical Laboratory Accreditation by A2LA

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) now offers accreditation for medical laboratories to ISO 15189:2007.

ISO 15189 specifies requirements for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories. It is for use by medical labs in developing their quality management systems and assessing their own competence, as well as, for use by accreditation bodies like A2LA in confirming or recognizing the competence of medical laboratories.

In addition to examining the technical aspects of a lab’s operation, the A2LA accreditation process includes a review of its management system. A2LA accreditation attests that a medical laboratory has demonstrated:

  • competency to perform specific testing procedures
  • that its quality management system is documented, is fully operational, and addresses and conforms to all elements of ISO 15189:2007
  • adherence to any additional requirements established by A2LA including measurement traceability and laboratory participation in ongoing proficiency testing

The addition of the ISO 15189 program at A2LA will provide medical laboratories with an additional level of recognition of the excellent service provided to their customers.

For more information, go to the A2LA Web Site.