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.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
The Advisory Committee for Laboratory Medicine (ACLM ) oversees the College's diagnostic laboratory accreditation program.
- Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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 .
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 complete this form.
DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY TESTING FEES
General Fees (for facilities registering for the first time)
|Registration fee||$300 + GST|
Annual Fees (all facilities pay annually)
|A: High Complexity–High Volume||$5,425 + GST|
|B: High Complexity-Medium Volume||$4,650 + GST|
|C: Moderate Complexity-Medium Volume||$3,1000 + GST|
|D: Moderate Complexity-Low Volume||$2,325+ GST|
|E: Basic Complexity–Low Volume||$1,550 + GST|
|F: Specialized Complexity-High Volume||$2,713 + GST|
|G: Specialized Complexity-Low-Medium Volume||$2,325 + GST|
- Facilities that close between January 1 and March 31 are refunded 65% of the total fee.
- Facilities that open between October 1 and December 31 of are invoiced 35% of the total fee.
Assessment Fees (as required)
|A: High Complexity–High Volume||$7,875 + GST|
|B: High Complexity-Medium Volume||$6,750 + GST|
|C: Moderate Complexity-Medium Volume||$4,500 + GST|
|D: Moderate Complexity-Low Volume||$3,375 + GST|
|E: Basic Complexity–Low Volume||$2,250 + GST|
|F: Specialized Complexity-High Volume||$3,938 + GST|
|G: Specialized Complexity-Low-Medium Volume||$3,375 + GST|
|Assessment rescheduling fee||$500 + GST|
ALQEP Proficiency Testing Fees
The Alberta Lab Quality Enhancement Program (ALQEP) was discontinued in 2017. If you have questions about fees paid in 2017 and prior, contact email@example.com.
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.
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.