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The Best In Pathology, Laboratory Quality, Proficiency Testing, Technology & Patient Safety

Posted: 24th June 2019 15:40

This week, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) released a list of its longest accredited laboratories in the United States. These 41 laboratories have continuously met the highest standards of laboratory quality and proficiency testing since the CAP began its Laboratory Accreditation Program in 1964, ensuring that patients are receiving the best medical care and most accurate diagnosis and treatment possible.

Why This is a Big Deal

Ever wonder what happens to your blood and tissue samples between the time they are taken and seeing those results in your pathology report?

Pathologists are on the cutting edge of medicine, diagnosis and treatment. Their work is often the most crucial piece in understanding viruses, infections and disease, making accurate diagnoses and working side-by-side with the health care team in recommending the best treatments. A more precise diagnosis means a faster, more accurate treatment, putting patients on the road to recovery sooner.

"For the best testing and diagnosis, pathologists, and laboratory technicians need to meet the highest standards of laboratory quality and proficiency testing set by the College of American Pathologists," said R. Bruce Williams MD, FCAP, CAP president. "To achieve this standard, and maintain it, for more than 50 years is a momentous achievement because CAP accreditation is an incredibly rigorous, ongoing process."

It's an Exciting Time in Pathology

Digital Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Liquid Biopsy and Precision Medicine are on their cusp and pathologists are helping to lead the way in their development, study and use, to improve testing, diagnosis and patient outcomes. To consistently meet the high standards of CAP accreditation, these laboratories prove that they are using the latest technologies and best practices to deliver faster, more accurate results for better patient care every day.

"Patients are the CAP's number one priority, and we equip our member laboratories with the knowledge, skills, and resources to remain current and relevant in an evolving health care landscape. We're changing lives by presenting patients with the answers they need to guide their care," said Dr. Williams.

Each of the 41 CAP longest accredited laboratories has continued to meet the CAP's rigorous standards and requirements, for more than 50 years. These standards and requirements help laboratories stay in compliance with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations for quality testing. CMS regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). The laboratories are:

An Important Note:
The College of American Pathologists' (CAP) Accreditation program is driven by volunteer, practicing member pathologists and laboratory professionals that conduct on-site inspections of laboratories. This makes the CAP unique from other accreditors which compensate inspectors. The CAP accreditation program meets and/or exceeds the CMS standards for laboratory accreditation. CMS has granted deeming authority to the CAP's program.

About the College of American Pathologists
As the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at

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