CEO SUMMARY: There is good news for those clinical labs and pathology groups currently operating robust Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement programs. The Institute of Medicine’s new report calls for all healthcare providers to rapidly transform themselves into ‘continuously learning’ organizations. These developments met with a welcome reception at the recent Lab Quality Confab,
Tag: medical laboratory accreditation
CEO SUMMARY: This intelligence briefing is the third in an ongoing series about quality management systems (QMS) and their role in advancing the performance of clinical laboratories and improving the quality of the testing services they provide. ISO 15189 is a set of standards for medical laboratories based on the ISO 9001 quality management system.
In Nigeria, there is an aggressive effort underway to raise the quality of medical laboratory testing. One major element involves inspection of clinical laboratories throughout the nation by teams of laboratory professionals working with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN). During 2009, MLSCN has closed 938 substandard and unregistered medical laboratories in all
CEO SUMMARY: In their first public interviews, the nation’s only two laboratories to seek ISO 15189:2007 accreditation share insights about the process, along with its challenges and benefits. Both laboratories are in the final stages of implementation and expect to earn accreditation by year end. Their achievement will represent the next advance in how laboratories
CEO SUMMARY: Two strong trends in laboratory management can be seen in the College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) move to offer accreditation to ISO 15189:2007. The first trend is the movement toward quality management systems such as Lean and Six Sigma. The second trend is the global convergence of laboratory operations. Also, a growing number
CEO SUMMARY: Volunteers for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) are in the midst of an 18-month project to help five state-run medical labs in Tanzania gain ISO 15189 accreditation. The project shows how labs in Africa and other countries are moving to adopt international accreditation standards. A growing number of countries, including Australia, Germany, France, and Canada,