The IU School of Medicine Genetic Testing Laboratories, part of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, has earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The accreditation was based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of CAP’s accreditation programs. The labs that earned CAP accreditation include the laboratories located in IB (Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics and Pharmacogenomics) and TK (Diagnostic Genomics). Additionally, the IU School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Laboratory and the IU School of Medicine Transplant Immunology Laboratory were accredited.
Recognized for rigorous and robust standards, CAP accreditation elevates quality and mitigates risk, an important way that laboratories can contribute to improved patient outcomes. During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and the way in which the lab exercises quality control of procedures. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management. These reviews help verify that the labs’ activities reflect most recent best practices. Overall, the accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.
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