The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) provides international assessment of pathology departments adherence to the quality standards described in ISO 15189.
This involves comprehensive assessment that the department adheres to the ISO 15189 standards. These standards assess the full range of the service provided by the Pathology pre/post-analytical, analytical, quality management system and advisory services provided by UHDB.
During on-going service/assay improvements there maybe occasions when methods used to measure tests listed on the UKAS website have changed and are awaiting re-assessment by UKAS, before being included in the schedule. These exceptions will be listed below. If a test is not listed in the UKAS website or is displayed below it is not UKAS accredited.
For more information contact Mariska Faint-Uffen, the pathology quality manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assays awaiting assessment, not UKAS accredited:
Until recently we were accredited to UKAS 15189 for the following tests. Following an equipment upgrade, some of the analysis is now performed on new analysers from our existing supplier, which we have verified internally and are now awaiting accreditation approval by UKAS.
The Pathology department relies on the requesting clinician to meet the requirements for patient consent for any pathology investigations. Therefore, we will presume consent to have been given if patient attends for blood test (presents arm) or delivers a sample to the laboratory with a suitably completed request form. Under the human tissue act 2004 informed written patient consent is required for all solid tissue samples submitted to histopathology, genetic testing and for the storage of relevant material from deceased patients. If appropriate, the consent should always include reference to its retention for further diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
Pathology samples from living patients may be stored, unless opted out, for the following purposes; Audit, education and training, performance assessment, quality assurance and anonymised research.
Patients should also be aware that their personal information (and family information where relevant, e.g. genetic testing) will be provided with all samples sent to the Pathology laboratory. All patient information and results are treated as confidential and will be stored securely with restricted access to Pathology staff to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.