Pathology Laboratories Re-Accredited
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded
accreditation to the laboratories operated by the Pathology department at Saint Louis
University School of Medicine based on the results of a recent on-site inspection
as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
Carole Vogler, M.D., chair of pathology, was advised of the national recognition and
congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.
“It’s a stamp of approval for our reference laboratories, which offer the highest
quality of specialized services to hospitals, physicians, and patients,” Vogler said.
SLU’s Pathology labs perform autopsies; evaluate cell and tissue specimens; analyze
blood samples to identify diseases; and use sophisticated techniques, including electron
microscopy, to evaluate a range of specimens to diagnose medical conditions such as
renal or muscle diseases, among other conditions.
Vogler said SLU’s labs have been accredited by CAP since 1998. The federal government
recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as
being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program. During
the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality
control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory
staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall
management. The process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, CAP
serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence
in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory
Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than
100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to
20,000 laboratories worldwide.