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Version 1 of the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Requirements contains some important fundamentals regarding management review.
In conversations with diagnostic imaging (DI) managers and key personnel, many state that the first step they are taking in preparing for accreditation is by revising their documented procedures.
With enormous pride, the IQMH Centre for Accreditation announces its continued 4-year recognition as a signatory to the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). APLAC is a cooperation of accreditation bodies whose objective is to establish, develop and expand a mutual recognition arrangement among accreditation bodies. There are currently 38 signatories in 23 economies recognized by APLAC. These accreditation bodies have a variety of scopes, 17 of which accredit medical laboratories to ISO 15189, including IQMH. The scopes of recognition of each signatory are summarized below; those recognized for medical testing are shown in red.
A goal of the World Health Organization (WHO) is to strengthen health security through International Health Regulations (IHR - 2005). By following IHR, countries develop the capacity to detect, investigate and report potential public health emergencies of international concern, such as disease outbreaks.
The IQMH Centre for Accreditation is embarking on an exciting project in 2016 to develop an accreditation program for diagnostic (medical) imaging (DI) services.
The first of its kind in Canada, we anticipate this program will be as comprehensive and rigorous as our existing medical laboratory accreditation program, which is based on ISO 15189:2012 Medical laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence. To achieve that goal, the new DI accreditation program will be modelled after the IQMH medical laboratory accreditation program. Common elements will include:
During the week of November 23–27 2015, the IQMH Centre for Accreditation was evaluated for compliance to ISO/IEC 17011:2014 Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies by an international team representing the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). These evaluations occur every four years and are necessary to maintain our signatory standing to issue ISO 15189 Plus™ certificates to our clients.
I heard that a new version of ISO 9001 is going to be released soon. How will that affect ISO 15189 and the IQMH Accreditation Requirements?
I am responsible for overseeing specimen collection at a large, multi-site facility. We receive samples from 6 smaller satellite sites. In order to meet requirement V.B.3 (evaluating specimen transport systems) do I need to validate each route, or can I simply validate the longest distance and assume shorter transit times are acceptable as well?
We are preparing for our upcoming accreditation assessment visit and need some clarification regarding the IQMH Accreditation Requirement II.D.4.1.
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