MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The laboratory at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists and AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) based on recent inspections.
Berkeley’s laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program, according to a news release.
Berkeley Medical Center’s laboratory has been CAP accredited since 1983.
During the CAP accreditation process, an unannounced team of inspectors examines the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, laboratory facilities and equipment, the safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory.
The establishment of AABB predates CAP and grants accreditation specifically for Berkeley’s transfusion services, assessing the quality and operational systems in place for the use of blood products. Not all CAP-accredited laboratories seek AABB accreditation.