Extension of CAP accreditation following a recent inspection of Strand Centre for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Lab in Bangalore
November 21, 2017 | Bangalore, India
Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading genomic profiling and bioinformatics company, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), an internationally recognized organization for quality assurance in diagnostics for the Strand Centre for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Lab in Bangalore. One of the foremost state of the art labs for genetic testing in India, it is one amongst the 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities across the world.
The federal government of the United States of America recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program to be equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. The primary goal for the CAP accreditation is patient safety and prevention of medical malpractice. The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standards of operations for all laboratory procedures. A CAP-accredited lab’s records and quality control procedures, followed for two years, are checked thoroughly by the inspectors at the time of the inspection. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs, safety record as well as overall management prior to awarding the accreditation to any organization.
“In order to maintain the high standards that are expected by CAP, we conduct a voluntary process audit every 6 months to ensure consistent and accurate analyses. It also ensures that we maintain quality control at every step in the workflow and use CAP-validated bioinformatics and analytics protocols to provide diagnostic solutions to all patients. Safety and accuracy are our primary objectives,” said Dr. Satish Sankaran, Vice President – Clinical Operations & Laboratory Director – Clinical Lab, Strand Life Sciences.
“Our tests have been benchmarked against global competitors and found to be at par by an independent agency. Moreover, implementation of CAP guidelines shows reduction of methodological errors by 35% in clinical research settings. The Strand Centre for Genomics and Personalized Medicine received the CAP accreditation in 2015 and the same has been reaffirmed in 2017,” said Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman and Managing Director, Strand Life Sciences.
About Strand Life Sciences
Strand Life Sciences is a global genomic profiling and bioinformatics company established in 2000. Strand is a leader in precision medicine diagnostics, aimed at empowering cancer care and genetic testing for inherited diseases. Strand works with oncologists, pathologists, geneticists, and hospitals to enable faster clinical decision support for accurate molecular diagnosis, therapy recommendations, and clinical trials. Strand’s lab in India is a CAP & NABL accredited NGS laboratory.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world’s leading organization with 18,000 board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American 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.
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