Essentials for Successful Laboratory Inspection and Accreditation - ELMACCRED12W.2023
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This adaptive learning activity is intended for pathologists who are new to laboratory management responsibilities.

Credit Type: CE, CME
Duration: 3 hours
Launch Date: December 18, 2023
Expiration Date: December 14, 2026 12:00 AM (ET)
Pricing: Junior Member Fee: $30.00
MOC Category: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

This activity is part of the Essentials of Laboratory Management learning series.

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NOTE: This course includes 2023 CAP accreditation checklist requirements. Please check your current CAP accreditation checklists for the most recent updates.

This comprehensive activity covers everything you need to know about the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations, including its purpose, intent, history, and where to find CLIA documents. Learn about the different types of CLIA certificates, their requirements, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-approved accrediting organizations. In addition, gain an in-depth understanding of the inspection process, including the CAP inspection process and terminology, and strategies for maintaining continuous compliance with regulatory requirements. You'll also learn about laboratory director assessment, staff preparation for inspections, and how to respond to inspection deficiencies. With this course, you'll be able to analyze inspection results and implement quality improvement initiatives for continuous improvement. Whether you're new to CLIA regulations or need a refresher, this activity will equip you with the knowledge and tools to ensure compliance and improve the quality of your laboratory services.

This adaptive activity offers a unique learner experience. By answering a series of questions that determine your existing knowledge, you will be prescribed a customized pathway that focuses on individual learning needs.

After completing this activity, you should be able to:

  1. Ensure the laboratory is compliant with CLIA lab requirements.
  2. Lead the process of obtaining and maintaining laboratory accreditation.
  3. Train and prepare staff for hosting and conducting successful laboratory inspections.
  4. Use the inspection and accreditation process for continuous improvement in patient care.

Dorothy Adcock, MD, FCAP
Earle Smitty Collum, MD, FCAP
Edna M. Parker, MA, MT(ASCP)

CME/CE Information
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE (Continuing Education for nonphysicians): The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 credit(s) of continuing education. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) accepts this activity to meet the continuing education requirements.

Below, you will find the financial disclosure relationships for anyone who was able to affect the content of this educational activity.

The CAP mitigates all the relevant financial relations listed for these individuals.

The following authors/planners/reviewers have no financial interests/relationships to disclose:
Earle Smitty Collum, MD, FCAP
Edna M. Parker, MA, MT(ASCP)

The following authors/planners/reviewers have financial interests/relationships to disclose:
Dorothy Adcock, MD, FCAP: Getlabs, Consultant; Baebies, Inc, Consultant; Sysmex, Consultant.

The following In-Kind Support has been received for this activity:

The following Commercial Support has been received for this activity:

Payment Information
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College of American Pathologists
CAP Learning
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2750

Refund Policy
Refunds will be handled on an exception basis. Please submit your request to the CAP in writing via email at or fax at 847-832-8006.

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This activity and evaluation are available December 18, 2023 and expire December 14, 2026 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.


Non-Member Price:   $156.00  
Member Price:  $120.00   

Essentials for Successful Laboratory Inspection and Accreditation