medical laboratories accreditation


Achieve and maintain your medical testing accreditation

Medical testing accreditation provides confidence in the competence and reliability of medical laboratories for referring medical practitioners, patients and other referring medical laboratories.

The medical testing accreditation program is administered by NATA in conjunction with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

Accreditation shouldn’t be seen as an extra process that has to happen, it should be integrated into each area of your laboratory.  It helps to ensure that results are accurate, interpretations are valid, appropriate validated testing methods are used,  staff are appropriated trained and competent, appropriate and safe collection practices are followed and test reports are correctly issued.

Relevant Standards

To be accredited for medical testing your laboratory must meet the requirements of  the:

These standards cover the general requirements for medical testing laboratories as well as the specific technical requirements for medical testing disciplines.

Medical Testing Disciplines

Medical Testing Accreditation is applicable to the following disciplines:

  • molecular biology
  • immunology
  • genetics
  • anatomical pathology (histology and cytology)
  • chemical pathology
  • microbiology
  • haematology
  • immunohematology
  • assisted reproductive technologies
  • testing for other purposes (blood transfusion services, clinical trials, mortuaries)
  • clinical non-human testing relating to patient management eg testing re outbreaks and infection control

Your  laboratory may have accreditation awarded for one or a number of these disciplines or sub classes of these, depending on your laboratory’s technical competence.

What are the benefits of medical testing accreditation?

  • Access to medicare rebates for eligible pathology tests are only available to laboratories holding accreditation in this field and designated as an Approved Pathology Laboratory by the Health Insurance Commission.
  • Improves confidence in the results obtained not only for the pathology laboratory but also for clients including referring doctors, patients and referring medical laboratories.
  • Improves work processes due to systems established as part of accreditation support and provide a framework for all areas of the laboratory.
  • Effective marketing tool.  Accredited laboratories generally enjoy a higher profile.  Accredited laboratories also generally have an advantage when tendering.
  • Reduction in costs and improved efficiency due to a reduction in errors, waste (excess consumption of sample and reagents), contamination events and reworks.
  • Enables the assessment of the relative capability of other accredited laboratories. A benchmark of performance.
  • Improved staff morale – roles are understood, training and development of staff is a priority, professional society memberships.