College of American Pathologists Accreditation

The Pathology laboratory at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is the first in Wisconsin to have earned an advanced-level accreditation from the College of American Pathologists. Only 27 laboratories worldwide have secured the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 15189, accreditation through the College of American Pathologists.

To earn ISO 15189 accreditation, laboratories must have established policies and protocols that check for errors or substandard performances, while also training staff in process improvement techniques to continuously improve performance and accuracy. ISO 15189 accreditation is voluntary in the United States.

“This is a great honor for our staff and our lab,” says Pathology director Randy Harelstad. “We worked for about three years to attain this certification and ensure that our processes were producing the best and most accurate results for our patients.”

Pathology lab technicians process and examine blood, tissue and other medical specimens taken from patients to look for irregularities or other indications of disease. The Pathology lab at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire reviews more than 1 million specimens a year.