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Back to Basics: Understanding the "Why" behind the "How" and "What" of a Quality Assurance Program/Quality Management System in a Laboratory

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/27/2022)
Presented by Marisol Castaneto, PhD, F-ABFT

Every member of the laboratory should recognize the value of the Quality Management system (QMS)/Quality Assurance (QA). This session will re-visit the concept of QA, components of QMS, and how every member of the organization plays an integral role in the pursuit of excellence.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate Quality Assurance from Quality Control.
  • Describe components of the Quality Management System and how standards are critical to establishing uniformity and conformity
  • Distinguish the requirements for meeting organizational accreditation and individual competency.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of QA (Quality Assurance) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.