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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-140

Laboratory quality management system: Road to accreditation and beyond


1 Department of Microbiology, Yashoda Hospital, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, U.P, India
2 UCMS & GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
3 Department of Pathology, Yashoda Hospital, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad, U.P, India

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UCMS & GTB Hospital, Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.96647

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This review attempts to clarify the concepts of Laboratory Quality Management System (Lab QMS) for a medical testing and diagnostic laboratory in a holistic way and hopes to expand the horizon beyond quality control (QC) and quality assurance. It provides an insight on accreditation bodies and highlights a glimpse of existing laboratory practices but essentially it takes the reader through the journey of accreditation and during the course of reading and understanding this document, prepares the laboratory for the same. Some of the areas which have not been highlighted previously include: requirement for accreditation consultants, laboratory infrastructure and scope, applying for accreditation, document preparation. This section is well supported with practical illustrations and necessary tables and exhaustive details like preparation of a standard operating procedure and a quality manual. Concept of training and privileging of staff has been clarified and a few of the QC exercises have been dealt with in a novel way. Finally, a practical advice for facing an actual third party assessment and caution needed to prevent post-assessment pitfalls has been dealt with.






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