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Accreditation for International Laboratories

CAP-accredited laboratories around the world can demonstrate excellence in patient care and confidence in laboratory practices.

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Important Requirements for International Laboratories

  • The laboratory must have a qualified laboratory director
  • The laboratory must enroll in CAP Proficiency Testing (PT)/External Quality Assurance (EQA) for a minimum of six months prior to initiating the CAP application process.
  • Each separately accredited laboratory must be enrolled in CAP PT/EQA under its own CAP number.
  • All disciplines practiced by the laboratory at the same location, under the same directorship, must be listed in the application. All disciplines will be inspected, as the CAP does not accredit portions of laboratories.
  • The CAP may not be able to accept laboratories located in some geographic regions if there are commercial prohibitions or any other country risks.

The Guide to Accreditation contains all of the requirements and key processes necessary to become CAP accredited.

Documents Required in English

If English is not the operational language of your laboratory, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Prior to scheduling an inspection, English language translations of the following documents must be available:
    A. Laboratory organizational structure
    B. Instrument list
    C. Quality assurance/improvement programs
    D. Quality control programs
    E. A sample procedure for each laboratory discipline
  2. Responses to any deficiencies cited at the on-site inspection must be provided in English.
  3. Certain supporting documentation to a deficiency may be in your native language provided that the key elements that demonstrate compliance, as well as titles and major headings, are in English.

Program Details

Access the Laboratory Accreditation section for more information about the accreditation program and for helpful resources.

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