Keeping your laboratory accreditation (& business) safe Good laboratory quality systems do more than just cover the things that NATA expects to see. They also support the laboratory management to make the right decisions. Whether you have laboratory accreditation, GLP or ISO 9001 certification, consider these key practices, which well-run organisations use to… read more »
ISO 15189 Accreditation.
Danger ahead: warning signs for NATA Accredited Labs When a lab has their NATA accreditation suspended, it usually comes as a huge shock. But there are warning signs for poor assessment outcomes. You can determine whether there are issues that you should address before NATA arrives. These are some of the red flags noticable in… read more »
The assessment is over, you have ushered the audit team out the door and you already know how you’re going to fix most of those niggly things they brought up. The assessment team were really helpful and you know it’s going to feel great to get all of these NATA requirements ticked off. You’re not… read more »
I recently discovered there’s a way to do internal audits that takes (almost) no time at all. I got an invitation to a webinar Freshening Up Your Internal Audit Program featuring a dude who has been around the ISO 9001 certification scene for many decades. (Aha! I thought. I’m finally going to learn the secret… read more »
Some lab / quality managers enjoy corresponding with NATA and arguing the point with them. But most of us don’t. Other labs inadvertently get caught up in three, four or even more rounds of correspondence with NATA following an assessment. It can be frustrating and time consuming. You seem to be talking at cross purposes… read more »
NPAAC has produced four revisions of the Requirements for the Supervision of Pathology Laboratories document in the past 6 years. Each of these drafts has been met with dismay by any pathology laboratory wanting to determine their most effective organisation structure and to foster a culture of teamwork, continual improvement and learning amongst all of… read more »
At this time of year many of us are surveying the wreckage of our laboratory internal audit programs, wondering if we can fit in a couple more before the end of the year and reign in the backlog. Rest assured that you are not alone! This is a good time to review your approach to… read more »