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In 2009 CPA became a wholly owned subsidiary of UKAS as part of a strategy to modernise pathology services in the UK.
Since October 2013, CPA Accredited Laboratories have been assessed against ISO 15189:2012, Medical Laboratories – particular requirements for quality, competence. UKAS is currently managing the transition of all CPA accredited laboratories to UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standard. See Medical Laboratory accreditation (ISO 15189) for further information.
The transition of EQA providers from CPA accreditation to UKAS accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043:2010, Conformity Assessment – General requirements for proficiency testing was completed on 31st March 2016. To find a list of UKAS accredited providers, please visit the Proficiency Testing Organisations Schedules page.
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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.