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CAP 15189SM Accreditation Program

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) CAP15189 is a quality management program that provides the following services:

CAP 15189 will help you reduce risk, optimize performance, lower costs, and provide your customers with proof of an integrated quality management system throughout all parts of your organization that interact with the medical laboratory.

Program Benefits


  • The CAP's expertise of the ISO 15189 standards extends beyond the standard alone, through CAP pathologist participation in its creation and interpretation.
  • CAP15189 relies on highly experienced assessors with practical knowledge of medical laboratory testing and ISO quality management systems auditing.

Competitive Advantage

  • Elevate your prestige in the marketplace by leveraging your established partnership with CAP, the global leader in accreditation.
  • Improve customer satisfaction and attract and retain business through confidence in your laboratory’s quality management processes.

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How Does CAP15189 Differ From the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program?

CAP15189 and LAP are uniquely positioned to complement one another.

This balance leverages the assurance of accurate patient diagnosis achieved through technical requirements of LAP with the CAP15189's rigorous focus on sustainable quality management processes for all areas of an organization for which the laboratory interacts.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Accreditation to ISO 15189 through the CAP is available to all US- and Canadian-based medical laboratories who are accredited by the CAP's LAP.
  • ISO 15189 is voluntary in the United States.
  • Accreditation to ISO 15189 through the CAP is available to international laboratories under certain conditions. Contact cap15189@cap.org for more information.
  • Information about our international programs is available in the international laboratory section.

Case Examples

Discover how other pathologists and organizations benefit from the CAP 15189 program.

CAP 15189 Frequently Asked Questions

Our ISO 15189 Frequently Asked Questions document provides more detailed information about the distinctions about the program.

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