October 13, 2014 “Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News”

Quality management systems (QMS) have made inroads in some of the organizations that accredit clinical laboratories in the United States to the requirements of CLIA. Last month, COLA of Columbia, Maryland, acknowledged that it had recertified to the standards of ISO 9001: 2008. The recertification was obtained through the British Standards Institute. COLA earned its first certification to ISO:9001 in 2012.


In the United States, the newest organization to have deeming authority to accredit clinical labs to CLIA is the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), of Rockville, Maryland. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granted that status to A2LA in 2013. A2LA is itself accredited to ISO/IEC: 17011 Conformity Assessment— General Requirements for bodies providing assessment and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. It is also a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). Because of its ILAC recognition, when A2LA accredits a lab in the United States to ISO 15189, other countries that are ILAC signatories will accept that lab’s test data and its ISO accreditation.


  • Franklin R. Cockerill III, M.D., was appointed Vice President and Chief Laboratory Officer by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated of Madison, New Jersey. Most recently, Cockerill was Chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic and President and CEO of Mayo Medical Laboratories.
  • Neogenomics, Inc., of Ft. Myers, Florida, named Robert Shovlin as COO. He has held executive positions at Bostwick Laboratories, Aureon Biosciences, Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated, and Dianon Systems.
  • Robert Pettit is the new Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management at Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Previously, Pettit served at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.
  • RainDance Technologies, Inc., of Billerica, Massachusetts, announced the appointment of Fritz Eibel as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. Eibel was formerly at Agena Bioscience, Sequenom, Gen-Probe, Life Technologies, and Roche Diagnostics.

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