College of American Pathologist (CAP) 

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serves patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

  • The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program’s goal is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

Laboratory Accreditation Program:

The College of American Pathologists (CAP’s) Laboratory Accreditation Program accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with the most scientifically rigorous customized checklist requirements.

The CAP’s peer-based inspector model provides a unique balance of regulatory and educational coaching supported by the most respected worldwide pathology organization.

The Laboratory Accreditation Program inspects a variety of laboratory settings from complex university medical centers to physician office laboratories, and covers a complete array of disciplines and testing procedures.

CAP Laboratory Accreditation helps laboratories:

  • Meet CLINICAL LABORATORY IMPROVEMENT AMENDMENTS (CLIA) REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS (specific to laboratories subject to US regulations)
  • Ensure compliance through the guidance of the most comprehensive scientifically endorsed laboratory standards
  • Maintain accuracy of test results and ensure accurate patient diagnosis
  • Increase the value they bring to organizations, customers, patients

Program Details                                                                                                  

  • Peer-based inspection model uses teams of practicing professionals qualified through a CAP TRAINING PROGRAM.
  • On-site inspections occur every two years using CAP ACCREDITATION CHECKLISTS to assess compliance with program requirements.
  • Participating laboratories can access the checklists through E-LAB SOLUTIONS; and non-accredited laboratories, may PURCHASE THE CHECKLIST.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The CAP accredits laboratories performing testing on specimens from human beings or animals, using methodologies and clinical application within the expertise of the program. Laboratories must be appropriately licensed to perform testing when required by law.
  • The laboratory accreditation program is available for laboratories in the United States and for international laboratories.
  • Information specific to international laboratories interested in CAP Accreditation is available in the INTERNATIONAL LABORATORIES 

Our Consultancy Scope of Services:          

  1. Assisting in selection of test menu and guiding for CAP Proficiency testing
  2. Assisting in Preparation CAP Quality and Answer manual as per CAP checklist
  3. Interpretation of CAP checklist requirement
  4. Designing and Development of Quality Management system requirement as per CAP checklist
  5. Preparation of CAP self Assessment documentation
  6. CAP Application filing
  7. Answering all CAP challenges raised by CAP assessment team

(See further www.cap.org)