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.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Friday, November 22, 2019

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