Have you ever wondered when the Centre for Accreditation would be visiting you next? And how far in advance you could know this information? All this information is available to you in the Assessment Schedule.
Version 7.1 of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements states:
We are pleased to announce that our online Assessor Application Form is now available on the IQMH website for submissions from applicants of the laboratory community as well as from the diagnostic imaging community. Laboratory assessor applications were suspended for a length of time because there was a backlog of applicants awaiting laboratory assessor training. This backlog has now been addressed. At this time, we are particularly looking for laboratory applicants in all disciplines who can work in both English and French.
Risk assessment is an invaluable tool in planning new processes and in investigating problems. It ensures that a systematic review and evaluation of all work processes and potential failures occurs and that appropriate protection from risks is put in place. Requirement II.D.1.1 within Version 7.1 of the IQMH Accreditation Requirements and Guidance Information addresses this:
Over the past 13 years, the processes for IQMH accreditation have undergone many modifications. We use feedback from our clients, assessors and staff to continuously improve and in so doing, strive to meet our own set of standards — ISO 17011, Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.
Setting international standards for excellence: ISO 15189
ISO 15189 is the standard of choice for the accreditation of medical diagnostic facilities. It requires them to standardize processes and procedures for both quality system and technical requirements, set up a no-blame environment that drives continual improvement, establish an interface with users and ensure the reliability and accuracy of test results.
The IQMH Centre for Accreditation is embarking on an exciting project in 2016 to develop an accreditation program for diagnostic (medical) imaging (DI) services.
This article is to address the interpretation of the following IQMH Accreditation Requirement:
V.A.12: Single use equipment shall be disposed of appropriately after each collection. All reusable equipment that comes into contact with a patient shall be appropriately cleaned and disinfected or sterilized prior to each use, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
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