Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine
Good Medical Practice – It’s What We’re All About
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Alberta laboratories (labs) that perform and report diagnostic testing for patient management must have CPSA accreditation. Under the Health Professions Act, the College is responsible for ensuring patient safety and quality care in Alberta’s diagnostic labs by setting standards for all aspects of lab quality and operations.
We conduct on-site assessments when facilities open and reassess on a four-year cycle. We also reassess if a facility adds a new service, renovates, moves or if a concern is brought forward.
Accreditation program guide
All facilities performing diagnostic lab testing must be re-assessed every 4 years. To learn more about the 4-year re-accreditation cycle, download the Accreditation Program Guide.
New/relocating facilities program guide
If you’ve already applied to start the accreditation process, we recommend reviewing the program guide for new and relocating facilities.
REGISTER A NEW FACILITY
If you would like to perform diagnostic laboratory testing, your facility must be accredited.
Download and fill out the application form to start the accreditation process.
CHANGES TO YOUR FACILITY?
Are you planning to…
- move or change the name of your facility?
- offer a new testing dicipline?
- hire a new Medical Director?
- change the contact information for your facility?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to notify us.
ABOUT OUR STANDARDS
The Standards are the basis for accreditation decisions and are compiled by CPSA and stakeholder experts and are reviewed and approved by the Advisory Committee on Laboratory Medicine.
The Standards are evidence based and reference accepted best practices, Provincial and Canadian legislation, relevant International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, and other recognized provincial, national and international standards .
The College’s Diagnostic Laboratory Standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (IEEA), recognizing our standards as among the highest in the world.
These standards ensure Alberta’s labs meet or exceed safety and quality standards for performance of lab services. Access the standards by registering your facility for assessment.
Submit a request to revise a standard
Do you have a suggestion to improve the standards for diagnostic labs? Complete and submit a Standards Revision Request Form.
Before submitting your revision:
- identify the specific standards or section
- attach or link to verifiable references
- include your contact information so we can follow up with you
Become an Accreditation Assessor
We’re always looking for diagnostic lab experts as Accreditation Assessors. Use your knowledge and expertise to facilitate patient safety,  professional development opportunities and compensation.
Help us accredit diagnostic labs. Download and save this form to your computer, then complete and return it to us.
DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY TESTING FEES
As of April 1, 2019, the annual fee cycle for accredited facilities has changed to a fiscal billing cycle (April 1 – March 31). Assessment fees will be invoiced in the same quarter your facility was assessed. Questions about your fees? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Fees (for facilities registering for the first time)
|Registration fee||$300.00 +GST|
- Facilities that close between April 1 and June 30 are refunded 65% of the total fee.
- Facilities that open between January 1 and March 31 of are invoiced 35% of the total fee.
|High Complexity||$5420.00 +GST|
|Moderate Complexity||$2844.00 +GST|
|Basic Complexity||$1581.00 +GST|
|Specialized Complexity||$2765.00 +GST|
Assessment Fees (as required)
|High Complexity||$6306.00 +GST|
|Moderate Complexity||$3256.00 +GST|
|Basic Complexity||$1829.00 +GST|
|Specialized Complexity||$2926.00 +GST|
Added Service Fees
• Fee for rescheduling an assessment is $500 +GST• Fee for post renovations/new facilities/facility moves is actuals + 6%• Late payment penalty is $250 +GST• Additional fees may apply if extra assessors are required due to the facility size or scope, or if out-of-province assessors are required.
Guidelines for Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) in Unaccredited Settings
Healthcare professionals that use POCT in unaccredited settings should follow this guideline to perform safe POCT.
Western Canada Diagnostic Accreditation Alliance (WCDAA)
The WCDAA is a cross-provincial resource sharing initiative that standardizes accreditation across western provinces. The College’s Diagnostic accreditation program are committed to the WCDAA.
Professional Development & Events for Industry Professionals
If you’re a lab professional interested in growing your knowledge, there are a number of events and conferences you could consider. Here are a few reputable resources:
- Canadian Diagnostic Executive Forum -October 24-25, 2019
- Institute for Quality Management in Health Care (IQMH) Forum – November 7-8, 2019
- Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management (POLQM) Conference – University of British Columbia – November 24-26, 2019
- Laboratory Quality Management Course University of British Columbia – 2020
- LABCON – Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences – June 5-7, 2020
If your facility performs diagnostic medical lab services (i.e. producing and reporting a test result) for patient management, it needs to be assessed and accredited by the College.