ASCP Board of Certification Earns Prestigious Accreditation
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for all 20 of its certification programs. ASCP BOC joins an elite group of only 41 other personnel certification bodies in a range of industry sectors to achieve ANSI accreditation. The designation is recognized both nationally and internationally as the hallmark of a quality certification program.
“As certification is the guarantee of quality training and expertise of an individual, accreditation is the guarantee of the quality of our examinations, as well as the policies and procedures that the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) staff and volunteers follow. ANSI accreditation demonstrates that the BOC conforms to the highest standards and represents the best practices in certification of medical laboratory professionals.”
— Rae Rader, MPA, PA(ASCP)CM, Chair, ASCP BOC Board of Governors
“This accreditation is a validation that ASCP BOC’s certification programs have met global standards that are rigorous and fair,” says Patricia A. Tanabe, MPA, MLS(ASCP)CM,
Executive Director of the ASCP Board of Certification. “The ASCP BOC has credentialed more than 480,000 laboratory professionals who expect that their credential stands for quality.”
ANSI recently reaccredited nine ASCP BOC certification programs and granted initial accreditation to the Society’s 11 other certification programs. Accreditation of all 20 certification programs has been granted through March 9, 2017.
The ASCP BOC began working toward initial ANSI accreditation in 2004 and received accreditation of its three biggest programs—Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician—in 2007. In 2011, six more ASCP BOC certification programs received ANSI accreditations: Cytotechnologist, Specialist in Cytotechnology, Histotechnician, Histotechnologist, Pathologist’s Assistant, and Technologist in Molecular Biology.
ANSI’s recent announcement now adds 11 more ASCP BOC certification programs to the roster: Technologist in Blood Banking; Donor Phlebotomy Technician; Specialist in Blood Banking; Technologist in Hematology; Technologist in Chemistry; Specialist in Hematology; Specialist in Chemistry; Technologist in Microbiology; Technologist in Cytogenetics; Specialist in Microbiology; and Diplomate in Laboratory Management.
“As certification is the guarantee of quality training and expertise of an individual, accreditation is the guarantee of the quality of our examinations, as well as the policies and procedures that the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) staff and volunteers follow,” says Rae Rader, MPA, PA(ASCP)CM, Chair of the ASCP BOC Board of Governors. “ANSI accreditation demonstrates that the BOC conforms to the highest standards and represents the best practices in certification of medical laboratory professionals.”
The ANSI accreditation process involves both a review of a paper application and an onsite visit to validate information provided with the application. Close to one million professionals currently hold certifications from organizations accredited under ANSI's personnel certification programs.
The process used by ANSI to accredit certification bodies is based on an international standard (ISO/IEC 17024). Adherence to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process ensures that the ANSI process conforms to the highest accreditation standard and represents the best practices in accreditation. ANSI is the only personnel certification accreditation body in the United States to meet nationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies.
For more information about ASCP BOC certification, please visit www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification.