Inidividualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP) - Requirement

Is IQCP (Individualized Quality Control Plan) required for Joint Commission Accredited Laboratories?

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No.  The development of laboratory-specific quality control plans using the risk assessment process of IQCP is optional.  Laboratories have the following two options for all quality control except for those methods classified as Pathology and Cytology: (Some individual states apply additional restrictions.)   IQCP is not an option for Pathology and Cytology.
  • Perform the type and frequency of quality control equal to or more stringent than that required by CLIA regulations. Quality control type and frequency may not be less stringent than the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Develop a laboratory-specific Quality Control Plan using the risk assessment process of IQCP. The type and frequency of the quality control may not be less stringent than the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Last updated on April 29, 2020
Manual: Laboratory
Chapter: Quality System Assessment for Nonwaived Testing QSA

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