Healthcare

Removing duplication of assessments for Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) screening laboratories

Removing duplication of assessments for Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) screening laboratories

UKAS, the UK Accreditation body, has entered into an agreement with Public Health England to incorporate Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) screening requirements into routine ISO 15189 assessment activities, thereby removing duplicate assessments. This benefits laboratories that provide testing for infectious diseases in pregnancy, sickle cell and thalassaemia, Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome, Patau’s syndrome and rare conditions […]


University Health System generates cost savings from ISO 55001

University Health System generates cost savings from ISO 55001

University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, Texas achieved accredited certification to ISO 55001 Standards. UHS is a nationally recognised teaching hospital and network of outpatient healthcare centres, owned by the people of Bexar County in Texas. UHS has been in existence for over 100 years and utilises and maintains state of the art healthcare […]


Sodexo enables clients to benefit from 20 efficiency, cost reductions and increased reliability

Sodexo enables clients to benefit from 20 efficiency, cost reductions and increased reliability

Using ISO 55001, Sodexo, a leader in quality-of-life services, rolled out a best-practice model for asset management across numerous countries and industries. Typical results of an asset management system include improved control of day-to-day activities and business efficiencies, reduction of risk-related costs, compliance in regulatory activities and reduced failure rates. The tangible results include a […]


ISO 15189 accreditation helps Bomu Hospital improves testing results and internal efficiency

ISO 15189 accreditation helps Bomu Hospital improves testing results and internal efficiency

In the two years since Bomu Hospital Laboratory gained accredited, it has recorded notable improvements in their performance which Dr. Aabid A. Ahmed, the Bomu Laboratory Director, directly attribute to their ISO 15189 accreditation: The Laboratory is now used as a benchmark for performance, by a number of laboratories in the Coast region who consult […]


Accredited breast cancer test at UK Hospital cuts waiting time by 90 per cent

Accredited breast cancer test at UK Hospital cuts waiting time by 90 per cent

Breast cancer patients are now benefiting from drastically reduced waiting times for treatment thanks to a test, accredited by UKAS, now being carried out at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The test has cut the time doctors have to wait before being able to decide which treatment to give patients, from three weeks, down to just two […]


Evaluating the impact of ISO 15189 on a histopathology laboratory

Evaluating the impact of ISO 15189 on a histopathology laboratory

The aim of this study was to develop a method to evaluate the impact of the ISO 15189 standard on an Irish public hospital histopathology laboratory. Using a modification of the ISO Methodology method, a laboratory value chain was defined, a process flow was created and, from this, value drivers were determined. Based on the […]


Using accreditation as a leverage for change

Using accreditation as a leverage for change

Independent Vascular Services (IVS) Ltd specialises in the provision of high quality, comprehensive vascular services to both NHS and private sector hospitals in England, UK.  In 2014 IVS became the UK’s first vascular laboratory to gain UKAS accreditation under the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) scheme. IVS used feedback (or non-conformities) comments from the […]


Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Baxter Healthcare employs over 1,200 employees across four sites in Brazil. The company manufactures blood transfusion dialysers, solutions for peritoneal dialysis, accessories for the administration of drugs and for drainage in peritoneal dialysis, and solutions or diluting and packaging medicines for pharmaceutical and veterinary companies. The company has a culture of sustainability, and the implementation […]


Medical Devices Provider saves €1.4 million with ISO 50001

Medical Devices Provider saves €1.4 million with ISO 50001

Abbott Diagnostics is an Irish-based provider of in-vitro diagnostics products with around 70000 institutional customers in more than 100 countries. The company decided to implement an energy management system as it aligned with its culture to promote an environment that is greener, healthier and more sustainable. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 has enabled Abbott Diagnostic […]


Irish pharmaceuticals company saves €800k with ISO 50001

Irish pharmaceuticals company saves €800k with ISO 50001

AbbVie Ireland in Sligo, is a licensed high containment facility for the manufacture of a wide range of pharmaceuticals. The company decided to gain accredited certification to ISO 50001 in order to improve energy efficiency, reduce their CO2 footprint, and to reduce their overall energy costs. Since implementation, it has delivered annual energy efficiency savings […]


ISO 15189 accreditation boosts revenue for PathLab Medical Laboratories ltd.

ISO 15189 accreditation boosts revenue for PathLab Medical Laboratories ltd.

PathLab Medical Laboratories Ltd is a privately owned, multidisciplinary laboratory based in Hong Kong. The laboratory was one of the earlier private sector laboratory to gain accreditation to ISO 15189. While the laboratory has been trading for over 40 years, the award of accreditation provided a step-change in revenue. Although the driver for accreditation was […]


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