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What is quality control?

  • Quality control is the steps that a laboratory takes to reduce errors in tests and ensure that the results obtained are reliable.
  • Laboratories who have demonstrated high standards of quality control can receive accreditation from national or international organisations.
  • One such organisation is the International Standards Organisation which, through ISO15 details the standards required for medical laboratories.

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Quality accreditation at the Caris lab

  • The Caris Life Sciences laboratory has the highest quality accreditations both within the USA and internationally.
  • The Caris Life Sciences laboratory is the only tumour profiling laboratory in the US to receive ISO15189 accreditation, an internationally recognised standard, only awarded to laboratories that have met the most stringent quality controls.
  • In addition to ISO15189 accreditation, the Caris Life Sciences laboratory has also received CAP, CLIA and CLEP accreditations, as well as many other US state accreditations.

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Quality control procedures in the Caris Life Sciences laboratory

  • In order to receive accreditation from international and national organisations, the Caris Life Sciences laboratory must follow mandatory controls set out by the respective organisations.
  • Mandatory controls include having a Quality Management System, qualified and trained staff, suitably designed laboratory facilities and regularly maintained equipment, and safety management procedures.
  • The Caris Life Sciences laboratory implements additional non-mandatory controls to ensure their testing is of the highest quality including the use of laboratory developed tests, validation of antibody lots, and tissue microdissection.

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