NPAAC’s other functions include:
- developing accreditation policies for pathology laboratories
- introducing and maintaining consistent standards of practice in pathology laboratories throughout Australia
- initiating, promoting and coordinating education programs relating to pathology laboratory practice
- providing advice about the accreditation of a particular laboratory.
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Additional advisory committees and working groups support NPAAC’s statutory functions and assist in delivering on its work program.
Implementation of the standards
In 1986, the Australian Government introduced compulsory accreditation for pathology laboratories. To claim benefits under Medicare as an accredited provider, pathology laboratories must be assessed to and meet the national pathology accreditation standards.
The pathology accreditation standards underpin the accreditation requirements specified in the Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories—Approval) Principles 2017.
More importantly, the pathology accreditation standards supports the consistent assessment of pathology laboratories in Australia. This process protects the public from harm by ensuring that relevant systems and processes are in place to support consumers, clinicians and service providers.
Pathology laboratories must meet the requirements of all the standards. The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is the approved accrediting agency for pathology accreditation.
Services Australia regulates the accredited pathology providers eligible for claiming under Medicare. Contact Services Australia for more information on the application and claims process.
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