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CAP Accreditation Readiness-Assessment (CARA)

Find out how prepared you are for the College of American Pathologists (CAP's) Laboratory Accreditation Program.

CAP Accreditation-Readiness Assessment (CARA) is an educational on-site evaluation of your laboratory’s current status on key criteria pertaining to CAP Accreditation before the official process begins.

CARA will help laboratory staff to:

  • Better understand CAP Accreditation requirements as they apply specifically to your facility
  • Identify areas where your laboratory's performance meets standards and where improvement is necessary
  • Provide your laboratory with the tools to develop an action plan

Program Details

  • An assessment by CAP inspection specialists educates the laboratory staff with specific, reliable, and actionable information in preparation for CAP Accreditation.
  • Findings are for the laboratory's use only; they are not part of the laboratory’s accreditation history or made available to subsequent CAP inspection teams.
  • CARA assessments are tailored to each laboratory, but typically include the following aspects:
    • Laboratory Information Systems (LIS)
    • Laboratory Reports and Test Requisitions
    • Method Validation Studies
    • Quality Management Program
    • Quality Control Program
    • Document Control Program
    • Proficiency Testing Program/External Quality Assessment (EQA)
    • Laboratory Safety Program
    • Personnel Training and Competency Programs
    • Transfusion and Donor Service Practices

Information specific to international laboratories interested in CAP Accreditation is available in the International Laboratories section.

CARA information request form

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