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Conduct Competency Assessments
By Darryl E. Elzie, PsyD, MHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)

At the annual Clinical Laboratory Quality Regional Meeting held in Newport News, Virginia, this past September, Jean Ball, MBA, MT(HHS), MLT(ASCP)—an inspection services manager in the laboratory accreditation program at the College of American Pathologists (CAP)—indicated that GEN.55500 Competency Assessment – Nonwaived Testing is the most frequently cited deficiency.

Given that competency assessment is intended to verify that laboratory personnel can accurately apply their knowledge and experience to perform patient testing, timely completion of competency assessments is a necessary, yet challenging element of laboratory management. Fortunately, there is a straightforward method to develop a competency program laboratory personnel will understand and embrace, and which meets the required standards. CLICK HERE to read more about effective measures for complying with competency assessment requirements.

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