Botswana Institute for Clinical Laboratory Professionals

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PRINCESS MARINA HOSPITAL LAB MAINTAIN ISO 15189:2012 STANDARD

PRINCESS MARINA HOSPITAL LAB MAINTAIN ISO 15189:2012 STANDARD

23 Mar, 2020

Princess Marina Hospital Lab has managed to maintain the ISO 15189:2012 SADCAS Accreditation Standard. The Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS) conducted a Re-assessment Audit of Princess Marina Hospital Laboratory on the 19th and 20th of March 2019 and recommended a renewal of accreditation for ISO 15189:2012.
 
PMHL has been a SADCAS accredited Medical Laboratory since 25 June 2015 and the certificate was set to expire on 24 June 2020. An accreditation is valid for 5 years provided that all requirements are fulfilled during the period. After 5 years, a re-assessment which is a complete comprehensive assessment covering the organizations scope of accreditation including elements of relevant standards is conducted to assess that the organization fulfils the accreditation requirements.
 
What is ISO 15189:2012?
 
ISO 15189:2012 Standard is a global initiative that aims at creating a standard measure of quality in medical laboratories. The standard has developed initiatives to promote competence and responsibility in medical laboratory processes and outcomes. An ISO 15189:2012 accreditation has been seen as a critical initiative towards harmonizing global practices in medical laboratories towards a common measure of quality assurance and safety. 
 
Laboratory accreditation bodies use the ISO 15189:2012 standard specifically to assess factors relevant to the laboratory’s technical competence, including the
 Technical competence of staff
 Validity and appropriateness of test methods
 Traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards
 Suitability, calibration and maintenance of test equipment
 Testing environment
  Sampling, handling and transportation of test items
 Quality assurance of test and calibration data
This achievement gives confidence to PMH Lab users of services that meet international standards which are competent, safe and that the laboratory is committed to the highest global standards of quality in carrying out its activities.
 
Princess Marina Hospital Lab was the first lab in Botswana to attain ISO 15189:2012 standard in June 2015.
 
 
 
 

 

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