Gundersen Health System Fertility Center receives reproductive laboratory accreditation from The College of American Pathologists
In collaboration with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has developed an accreditation program specifically designed for the unique needs of reproductive laboratories, including both embryology and andrology laboratories.
An embryology laboratory is the integral component of any In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program or Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) program. It is in the embryology laboratory that eggs are recovered, fertilized, cultured into embryos, prepared for transfer back into the woman's uterus and/or cryopreserved for future transfer.
In the andrology laboratory, diagnostic testing is performed to identify potential infertility issues related to male factor, as well as the preparation of semen samples for intrauterine insemination and cryopreservation of sperm.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.
During the accreditation process, trained CAP inspectors examine the laboratory's records, quality control procedures, quality assurance manuals, equipment, facilities, safety program, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. The inspectors also carefully scrutinize the entire staff's qualifications to ensure they meet the criteria mandated by the federal government's Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA '88). This stringent inspection process is designed to make sure that the highest quality of care is being performed for our patients.
Learn more about the Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program standards.