To ensure continued compliance, the St. Augustine Medical Laboratory is regularly assessed according to ISO stipulations to check that they are maintaining their standards of technical expertise. The Laboratory is also required to participate in regular proficiency testing programs (known as external quality assurance programs or EQAS) as an on-going demonstration of their competence.
The Road to ISO 15189
In 2009, Dr. Bal Ramsaran was the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) featured expert as part of an on-going series known as Expert Access. During the live online program, Dr. Ramsaran discussed the road to ISO 15189 accreditation.
Institute For Quality Management In Health Care
IQMH’s vision is to be the Standard for Confidence, within the international medical diagnostic testing community, through three Centres of Excellence: Accreditation, Proficiency Testing, and Education.
American Association of Bioanalysts Proficiency Testing
In addition to continued compliance to ISO 15189, the St. Augustine Medical Laboratory undergoes proficiency testing through the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). The AAB is a national professional association whose members are clinical laboratory directors, owners, supervisors, managers, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, physician office laboratory technicians and phlebotomists. The St. Augustine Medical Laboratory also participates in inter-laboratory comparisons with accredited labs in the United States.