In 2009 CPA became a wholly owned subsidiary of UKAS as part of a strategy to contribute to the modernisation and development of pathology services in the UK.
UKAS is currently managing the transition of all CPA accredited laboratories to UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standard ISO 15189:2012, Medical Laboratories – particular requirements for quality, competence and the transition of CPA accredited External Quality Assurance Providers (EQA) to ISO/IEC 17043:2010, Conformity Assessment – General requirements for proficiency testing.
CPA accredited laboratories will be assessed to ISO 15189 starting from the end of October 2013 dependent on their schedule of their next main visit. CPA will no longer accept any new applications for accreditation against the CPA Standards.
CQC recognises the potential value of clinical service accreditation and peer-review schemes as information sources to support its inspections. Such schemes have the potential to provide useful intelligence and provide independent assurance that accredited services meet standards.
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has developed, in association with the cross‐college clinical services accreditation stakeholder’s advisory group, a set of criteria to help CQC determine schemes that can provide robust and reliable information for consideration ahead of and during inspections.
The CQC will work with approved schemes to ascertain how best to incorporate information from the scheme. Schemes will require written agreement with the participating services to permit that the results of assessments can be shared with the CQC. In the interim, any publically available information (for example accreditation status) will be taken into account in the CQC inspection methodology, for inspections from 2015/16 Q1 onwards.