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Eligibility for Laboratory Accreditation
For purposes of CLIA certification, laboratory testing is defined as analyzing a substance removed from the body and using this information for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease, impairment, or assessment of the health of human beings.
General Eligibility Requirements
Any health care organization may apply for Joint Commission accreditation if all the following requirements are met:
The laboratory is in the United States or its territories or, if outside the United States, is operated by the US government or under a charter of the US Congress.
If required by law, the laboratory has a facility license, CLIA license, or registration to conduct its scope of services.
The laboratory can demonstrate that it continually assesses and improves the quality of its care, treatment, and/or services. This process includes a review by clinicians or qualified designee as defined by CLIA, including those knowledgeable in the type of care, treatment, and/or services provided at the laboratory.
The laboratory identifies the services it provides, indicating which care, treatment, and/or services it provides directly, under contract, or through some other arrangement.
The laboratory provides services that can be evaluated by The Joint Commission’s standards.