Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children’s National Hospital has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on results of a recent on-site inspection conducted by CAP inspectors. The inspection team included practicing pathology and laboratory medicine professionals.
The Children’s National laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP- accredited facilities worldwide that have been recognized for excellence in laboratory services.
“Receiving this gold standard laboratory accreditation again shows that our team is committed to providing lab services with the highest quality and accuracy,” said Meghan Delaney, D.O., M.P.H., chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children’s National Hospital.
The U.S. government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, started in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, which is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and the quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. The CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record and overall management.
This significant accomplishment further demonstrates the commitment of the pathology and laboratory medicine team to ensuring high-quality patient care at Children’s National Hospital.