Canada's Pathologists Issue Guidelines on Investigations into Labs

VANCOUVER, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The recently formed Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) today released guidelines on investigations by health administrators into allegations of irregularities in laboratories.

"These guidelines will ensure fairness and transparency, and that measures can be taken to prevent a recurrence," says Dr. Diponkar Banerjee, section chair.

The new section has been formed to consolidate the organization's activities on patient safety and quality assurance. It includes Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control, a body that offers laboratories the opportunity to confirm the accuracy of tests such as hormone receptors used in patients with breast cancer.

It also includes the National Standards Committee on High Complexity Laboratory Testing, which has issued guidelines on complex tests such as breast cancer hormone receptor tests, and continues to develop guidelines on other complex tests used in important treatment decisions for patients with cancer and other diseases.

The section organizes education sessions for pathologists on quality in laboratories and does research into the quality of laboratory work with a view to developing guidelines.

Members of the CAP-ACP are attending the Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress, jointly organized by the Canadian Association of Pathologists and the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. The congress is taking place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver June 4 - 8.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Pathologists

For further information:

Danièle St-Onge,
Association Manager, Canadian Association of Pathologists
Cell.: 819-923-4250

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