What is quality control?

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Quality control refers to the sets of procedures laboratories use to eliminate errors from laboratory tests and ensure test results are precise.

For more information on what Caris does to maintain quality control, see Quality control procedures in the Caris Life Sciences laboratory.

 

 

What is quality accreditation?

Laboratories that demonstrate certain standards of quality in their testing procedures can receive accreditation nationally and/or internationally. Organisations that provide accreditation include peak bodies (e.g. national associations of pathologists) or independent organisations.

ISO (International Standards Organisation) is the largest quality control accreditation organisation globally. It involves experts in the relevant professional disciplines, to develop standards of quality control needed to ensure the production of precise test results, and assess laboratories’ adherence to these standards. Accreditation by ISO International Standards is recognised internationally. Amongst the 21,000 internationally recognised standards for goods and services, ISO15189 details standards for medical laboratories and their testing procedures.

For more information about the quality control accreditations that Caris has been rewarded, see Quality accreditation at the Caris lab.

 

 

 

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