OTTAWA, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and
Accreditation Canada are pleased to announce that they will offer
Canada's health care and medical laboratory communities accreditation
to ISO 15189. Together, they have the ability and capacity to provide
accreditation to this international standard. Improving patient safety
through traceability of all laboratory procedures, and making a
commitment to producing dependable and impartial results are key
benefits of accreditation.
SCC and Accreditation Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December of last year to collaborate on best practices to renew
confidence and enhance credibility in medical testing in Canada.
Accreditation to ISO 15189 will ensure global acceptance of medical
"By offering this accreditation, SCC and Accreditation Canada are
further demonstrating their commitment toward helping health care and
medical laboratories ensure quality service to all Canadians," says
SCC's Chief Executive Officer John Walter. "The ability to adopt
internationally accepted practices will only strengthen medical
laboratory testing in Canada."
"Bringing ISO to the accreditation of medical laboratories will be a
strong complement to our programs at Accreditation Canada," says Wendy
Nicklin, President and CEO, Accreditation Canada. "Offering this
international best practice is a new and important direction; another
way in which we can continue to support improved quality and safety in
health care organizations across Canada."
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit, organization that provides health
services organizations across Canada and internationally with a
rigorous and comprehensive accreditation process. It fosters ongoing
quality improvement based on evidence-based standards and external peer
review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health
Care, Accreditation Canada has helped organizations strive for
excellence for more than 50 years.
SCC is a Crown corporation and a portfolio of Industry Canada. With the
goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social
well-being, SCC offers accreditation services to both standards
development bodies, and conformity assessment organizations. SCC
provides services to over 500 customers in the area of conformity
assessment, including various testing and calibration laboratories.
Its accreditation programs are based on internationally recognized
standards and guides. SCC is a signatory and full member of the Asia
Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and International
Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). For additional
information on the SCC visit www.scc.ca or send any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada
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