Life Laboratories Earns Accreditation

SPRINGFIELD — Life Laboratories has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than federal laboratory regulations and the inspection program required by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988.

“The CAP accreditation is specific for laboratories, and it means we adhere to the most stringent quality control and quality-assurance methodologies that lead to providing the most accurate laboratory results in a timely manner,” said Dr. Krystyna Sikorska, clinical pathologist and medical director of Life Laboratories.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the previous two years. Inspectors also examine the staff’s qualifications, lab equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. The inspection program is designed to specifically insure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients.

Life Laboratories employs 230 people and conducted over 2.5 million test results in the past year. In addition to the main laboratory, located at Mercy Medical Center at 299 Carew St., there are 20 patient service centers located throughout Western Mass. and Connecticut. An outreach program also services more than 50 long-term care facilities.

CAP is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.

It is considered a leader in laboratory quality assurance and an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

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