Requirements for quality control, external quality assurance and method evaluation (Sixth Edition 2018)
This document was published by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) whilst under the governance of the Department of Health and Aged Care. From 1 July 2021, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) assumed responsibility for coordinating the National Pathology Accreditation (NPA) Scheme and supporting the development of the pathology accreditation standards.
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The Requirements for Quality Control, External Quality Assurance and Method Evaluation outlines the general features that an internal quality control system and an external quality assessment program must have in order to provide an effective monitoring strategy for the various pathology disciplines. This document also provides guidance on method evaluation for laboratories.
The Requirements reflect a risk based approach to the accreditation framework, with primary consideration given to ensuring patient welfare through the interrelationship and contemporary practice of Quality Control, Internal Quality Assurance and External Quality Assurance.
This document must be read in conjunction with the Tier 2 document - Requirements for Medical Pathology Services.
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