ACT Pathology maintains nationally and internationally recognised accreditation through the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA).
They do this in collaboration with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) as a National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) category GX facility.
About the National Association of Testing Authorities
NATA is a peak authority in Australia and is the government-endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories and similar testing facilities.
Accreditation procedures use criteria specifically developed to determine technical competence, thus assuring customers that the test, calibration or inspection data supplied by the laboratories are accurate and reliable. Rigorous re-accreditation assessment inspections are carried out every three years and cover all aspects of the organisation's practice.
NATA/RCPA has accredited ACT Pathology in accordance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 V 1999. "General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories"; which states "If testing and calibration laboratories comply with the requirements of this International Standard they will operate a quality system for their testing and calibration activities that also meets the requirements of ISO 9002 when they use standard methods".
Accreditation is also maintained with the Health Insurance Commission as an Approved Pathology Laboratory (APL) and in conjunction with The Canberra and Calvary Hospitals under the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).
Elements covered by NATA/RCPA Accreditation include:
- technical competency and training of staff;
- validity and appropriateness of the testing methods;
- traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards;
- suitability, calibration and maintenance of test equipment;
- sampling, handling and transportation of test items;
- quality assurance of test data;
- document control;
- internal audit;
- management review of all systems; and
- an efficient and effective complaints mechanism.