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AltheaDx Receives CAP Accreditation

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – AltheaDx has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists, the San Diego firm announced today.

The accreditation was based on an on-site inspection and is awarded to facilities that meet certain quality standards in laboratory services. AltheaDx said that the US federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being at least equal to the government's inspection program.

During the inspection, the laboratory's quality system, quality control program, and quality records for the preceding two years are examined. Laboratory staff qualifications, validation of tests and systems, equipment, facilities, safety program and records, and overall management are also evaluated.

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