Pulmonary Function Diagnostics

Good Medical Practice – It’s What We’re All About

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

Pulmonary Function Diagnostics (PFD) accreditation ensures patient safety and quality of care in facilities offering PFD.

Our peer review process reviews facility policies, processes and procedures to assess the safety and reliability of the service being provided to patients, the performance of the people involved and the test results produced.

Want to know if your PFD facility has CPSA Accreditation?Email us!

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

The Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics oversees the College's PFD accreditation program. The committee meets several time a year to review assessment results and recommend accreditation status for labs, review the standards and approve physician applications to interpret or direct PFD.

    • Friday, November 22, 2019
    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    • Thursday, April 23, 2020
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    • Thursday, November 26, 2020

      Learn more about the Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics

      PROGRAM GUIDES

      Pulmonary Function Diagnostics Program Guide

      All facilities performing PFD interpreted by CPSA members must be re-assessed every 4 years. To learn more about the 4-year accreditation cycle, download the re-assessment program guide.

      New facilities program guide

      If you’ve already applied to start the accreditation process for the first time, we recommend reviewing the program guide for new facilities.

      Review the program guide for new facilities

      PHYSICIAN APPROVALS

      To direct a PFD lab or to interpret PFD tests, you need CPSA approval. Before applying, please review the qualifications.

      Download and complete the Physician Approval application.

      REGISTER A NEW FACILITY

      A PFD facility needs to be assessed and accredited before a physician can direct it, provide or interpret PFD testing from it or give an order for it to do PFD tests.

      Start the process by telling us a few details about your facility. Register for assessment.

      CHANGES TO YOUR FACILITY?

      Are you planning to…

      • move or change the name of your facility?
      • offer new tests or procedures?
      • 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. Update your facility information

      For more information about updating your facility information, download and review the Program Guide for Managing Changes to Accredited PFD facilities.

      Pulmonary Function Diagnostic 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 accreditation@cpsa.ab.ca

      General Fees (for facilities registering for the first time)

      Registration fee $300.00 +GST

      Discounted fees

      • 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.

      Annual Fees

      Level II $1379.00 +GST
      Level III $2758.00 +GST
      Level IV $4137.00 +GST


      Assessment Fees (as required)

      Level II $1810.00 +GST
      Level III $2534.00 +GST
      Level IV $2534.00 +GST

      Added Service Fees

      • Fee for rescheduling an assessment is $500 +GST• Fee for post renovations/facility moves is $670 +GST• 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.

      BECOME AN ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR

      We’re always looking for Pulmonary Function experts to help us part-time. Use your knowledge to ensure patient safety province-wide, earn Continuing Competence credits and compensation.

      Help us accredit PFD facilities

      ABOUT OUR STANDARDS

      PFD accreditation standards are developed based on input from field experts, best practice and research identified by other regulators, standard setting bodies and industry associations. Access the standards by registering your facility for assessment. These standards ensure PFD labs meet or exceed safety and quality standards for performing pulmonary function testing.

      Spirometry & flow volume measurement standards

      CPSA standards for Spirometry and & Flow Volume Measurements outline the patient care instructions, test procedures, equipment calibration and quality control testing required to perform these tests in physician offices.

      See the standards

      Submit a request to revise a standard

      Do you have a suggestion to improve patient safety and quality care in Alberta PFD facilities? Complete and submit a Standards Revision Request Form.

      Make sure to:

      • identify the specific standard or section (if multiple standards) related to your suggestion
      • attach or link to verifiable references
      • include your contact information so we can follow up with you

      FAQ

      Start by telling us about your facility here. We’ll follow up with you to get more details, process payment, and provide you access to the standards.


      QUESTIONS?

      Program Manager, Pulmonary Function Diagnostics Accreditation
      780-969-4938 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4938 (in Canada)

      pft@cpsa.ab.ca