Summary of Certification, Accreditation, and Professional Organizations

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Summary of Certification, Accreditation, and Professional Organizations

Below is a summary of the organizations and how they contribute to the larger goal to improve patient health care:

OrganizationCertificationAccreditationProfessionalDescription
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) X X
The largest professional and certification society of pathologists and MLSs.
ASCP BOC has certified over 130,000 professionals.
American Medical Technologists (AMT)XX
Professional organization of predominantly MTs / MLSs.
CCP certifies professionals on a 3-year cycle.
American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB)XX
Professional and certification society for medica laboratory professionals, directors, supervisors, and consultants.
ABOR and ABB certify laboratory professionals and management.
American Board of Pathology (ABPath)X
Provides board exams and certifications for laboratory professionals.
The Continuing Certification Program provides continuous professional development.
College of Pathologists (CAP)XX
Largest professional organization for pathologists with 18,000 members.
Accredits labs through checklists, inspections, and proficiency testing.
Joint Commission (JC)X
Largest accreditation organization with over 22,000 accredited organizations.
The Gold Seal of Approval requires on-site examinations every 2-3 years.
Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA)X
Ensures laboratories meet CLIA and other regulatory requirements to maintain quality patient health care.
It accredits over 7,000 organizations through proficiency testing and inspections.
AABBXX
Organization specializing in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.
Sets standards, conducts inspections, and provides technical guidance for the blood supply and any testing related to transfusion medicine performed in hospitals.
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)X
Professional organization for 9,000 laboratory professionals.
Provides access to continuing education and professional development.
AACCX
Professional organization for 50,000 laboratory professionals.
Provides educational programs and hosts conferences for professional development.