Standard
ISO 15189

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 […]


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 […]


Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

In the UK, Howden, an independent Lloyd’s broker, created a professional indemnity scheme for clients operating under accreditation, which helped it gain a full understanding of the client’s risk profile and so obtain more accurate pricing for the cover required. This scheme also provides insurers with access to new, potentially profitable, lines of revenue. Those with less long-tail exposure tend to be more […]


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 […]


Evidence for the positive impact of ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 quality systems on laboratory performance – evaluation of EQA results (June 2018)

Evidence for the positive impact of ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 quality systems on laboratory performance – evaluation of EQA results (June 2018)

ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 have been established as continuative models for quality systems beyond national laws, mandatory standards and guidelines of expert associations regarding analytical and organisational performance of medical laboratories and transfusion services. The report reviewed more than 52,000 EQA results over a 19 year period, and the absence or presence of a […]


Impact of Laboratory Accreditation on Patient Care and the Health System (2010)

Impact of Laboratory Accreditation on Patient Care and the Health System (2010)

Accreditation is emerging as a preferred framework for building quality medical laboratory systems in resource-limited settings. Despite the low numbers of laboratories accredited at the time of the report, accreditation was identified as having the potential to improve the quality of health care for patients through the reduction of testing errors and attendant decreases in […]


Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

AIRMIC, the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce, has published a white paper on the value that standards and accredited conformity assessment can play in the management of risk. The report states that there is plenty of evidence that organisations perform better when they adopt voluntary quality standards, yet for the most […]


The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is Australia’s national authority for the accreditation of laboratories and producers of reference materials, and a peak body for the accreditation of inspection bodies and proficiency testing scheme providers. It commissioned the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to conduct research to evaluate the economic value of accreditation […]


Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

A study titled “Standardisation: a contribution to the competitiveness of Colombian organisations, case studies to measure the economic impact of technical standards.” was published in 2018, to increase the awareness of the multiple benefits that the technical standards bring to Colombian organisations. This publication describes not only the evolution of standardization in Colombia, but also […]


The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

A study has been carried out by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul to investigate the correlation between gross domestic product and the total number of accredited laboratories in North, Central and South America. It concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between the total number of accredited laboratories and the gross […]


Accreditation improves quality of care and clinical outcomes for Healthcare Services

Accreditation improves quality of care and clinical outcomes for Healthcare Services

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of accreditation programmes on the quality of healthcare services. A systematic review of literature concludes that there is consistent evidence that shows that accreditation programs improve the process of care provided by healthcare services. There is considerable evidence to show that accreditation programs improve clinical […]


Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

In order to improve trade prospects and the quality of products and services in West Africa, this directory provides a list of accredited testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies in the region (as of August 2017). The directory was sponsored by UNIDO to ensure that public and private organisations are aware and have access […]


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