The College of American Pathologists
(CAP), an internationally recognized standard for clinical laboratories, has accredited the Aga Khan University
Hospital’s Clinical Laboratories – the first laboratory
has 3000 requirements, making accreditation a severe procedure. A team of nine CAP
trained inspectors visited Pakistan
last year to audit the laboratory’s quality records, staff qualifications, validation of tests, equipment, facilities, safety programs and overall management. AKUH
is also the only teaching hospital in Pakistan
that is accredited by the Joint Commission International, a gold standard in healthcare delivery.
accreditation is an attestation that AKUH
Clinical Laboratories has achieved the gold standard in laboratory
medicine,” said Shagufta Hassan, Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Laboratories and Outreach Services. “AKUH Clinical Laboratories has always applied the highest standards of quality and this certification is a manifestation of the same.”
In the debriefing following the audit, CAP
inspectors stated how impressed they were with the standards already applied. CAP
President Richard C. Friedberg congratulated Aga Khan University
Hospital for being the first CAP
in his message to the hospital community. AKUH
Clinical Laboratories is the largest laboratory
network in Pakistan
. Besides the main clinical laboratory
, there are 250 regional laboratories, medical centers and specimen collection units in over 100 cities around the country. The laboratories offer over 700 types of testing, and an estimated 10 million tests are conducted annually.
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory
Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the U.S. government’s own inspection program.
As the leading organization with over 18,000 board-certified pathologists, CAP
serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory
medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory
Improvement Programs currently has presence in more than 100 countries, accrediting nearly 8,000 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide.