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.
Accreditation Canada Diagnostics
Accreditation to ISO 15189 by Accreditation Canada (AC) Diagnostics is a mark of excellence recognized around the world. They assess the ability of a facility to perform medical testing or the collection of specimens with formal recognition of this competence through accreditation to our ISO 15189 Plus™ requirements. They also provides facilities with the tools they need to standardize their processes, address diminishing resources and set a quality benchmark.
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.