Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Laboratory Receives ‘Unprecedented’ Results in Recent Accreditation > United States Navy > News-Stories

“CAP accreditation is mandatory and non-negotiable,” said NMCCL director of clinical pathology, U.S. Navy Commander Reynaldo Gomez. “Receiving accreditation shows that you excel in laboratory medicine, using good practices and policies that are respected and anticipated in the industry.”

The CAP program is widely recognized worldwide as the benchmark for laboratory accreditation. According to their website, the organization has over 65 years of experience, includes 18,000 board-certified pathologists, and serves more than 20,000 laboratories worldwide in more than 100 countries.

“The results of this inspection are unprecedented for the NMCCL lab,” said Lieutenant Commander Amanda Randles, the lab’s deputy department chief. “It’s a true testament to the hard work of all of our fantastic staff.”

CAP-accredited laboratories require strict compliance with standards and regulations. Being accredited also gives an advantage; the lab stays informed of rapidly changing industry techniques, policies and regulations.

“Here, we start at ground level. All of our staff must continuously meet the competencies defined by the CAP,” explained Gomez. “We perform regular self-inspections to make sure we’re ready for the real inspections and to make sure we’re providing the highest level of care possible in the entire industry.”

The NMCCL laboratory employs 45 active duty, civilian and contract personnel.

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