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Quality Management for In-Clinic Laboratories: The total quality management system and quality plan

Jennifer R. Cook DVM, MS1, Emma H. Hooijberg BVSc, PhD2, and Kathleen P. Freeman DVM, PhD3
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  • 1 Idexx Laboratories Inc, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
  • | 2 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • | 3 Synlab-VPG/Exeter, Exeter Science Park, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FN, England.
Introduction

All human clinical laboratory testing in the United States is regulated by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of the US FDA,1 and other countries have similar regulations. Failure of such laboratories to correct issues of noncompliance with legislation results in lack of accreditation and termination of laboratory services. In contrast, veterinary laboratories are not uniformly regulated by government entities. Laboratory accreditation is offered by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and is optional. This accreditation is “restricted to publicly funded, full-service laboratories, full service being defined as offering necropsy, histopathology, bacteriology, and virology or equivalent services

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Appendix S1 (PDF 167 KB)
    • Supplementary Appendix S2 (PDF 183 KB)

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Cook (jennifer-cook@idexx.com).