ISO 15189 standard for Medical Laboratories - Particular requirements for quality and competence - covers the essential elements for medical laboratories to demonstrate the quality and competence of their services, as well as to consistently deliver technically valid test or "examination" results as they are known in the standard. The standard, which has been developed with strong involvement from the medical, scientific and clinical community, is for the use of medical laboratories in developing their management systems and maintaining their own competence; and for accreditation bodies to confirm or recognize the competence of these laboratories through accreditation. The fourth edition of the ISO 15189 standard with some revised requirements was published by the ISO in December 2022. The revision ensures compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard in the ISO 15189:2022 standard revised edition.
In addition to other significant improvements including the increased emphasis on risk throughout the standard, the most current amended standard now includes the point of care testing (POCT) requirements that were originally defined in the ISO 22870 standard. Medical laboratory services are essential in the diagnosis and assessment of the health of patients. Their services encompass arrangements for requisition, patient preparation, patient identification, collection of samples, transportation, storage, processing and examination of clinical samples, together with subsequent result validation, interpretation, reporting and advice. Medical laboratory services should therefore meet the needs of all patients, clinical personnel responsible for patient care and any other interested parties. The laboratory's aim is not only to provide accurate results, but to do so for the right patient within a meaningful timeframe as regards clinical management, using appropriate laboratory procedures and with a respect for ethics, confidentiality and the safety of the patient. At present, the 2022 version is in the implementation. The standard mainly focuses on quality system requirements and technical requirements covering the quality assurance practices. This standard is applicable to mainly following types of laboratories:
Punyam.com, a leading ISO and accreditation consultant in India, provides consultancy for ISO 15189:2022 Certification. The ISO 15189 certificate for accreditation is issued by accreditation bodies, such as NABL for India. and others. The ISO 15189:2022 certificate is issued for the period of 2 years after successful completion of pre-assessment and registration (final) assessment. Surveillance audit is conducted by the accreditation body after 1 year. Upon completion of 2 years, renewal audit for ISO 15189 systems is done and certificate is issued for 2 more years. After that, at every 2 years the renewal audit for ISO15189 accreditation is conducted without any surveillance.
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