Henry Ford Medical Laboratories Receive Prestigious Accreditation

September 23, 2013


DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System’s medical laboratories are the first in Michigan to receive the international ISO 15189 accreditation to Quality Management Standards of the International Organization for Standardization for its superior level of quality and safety proficiency.

Henry Ford is one of only 23 laboratories nationally to receive the prestigious accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the first for an integrated laboratory system in the United States. The accreditation means Henry Ford achieved the highest levels of operational systems, continuous improvement, risk mitigation and quality management.

“Laboratories that receive this accreditation are certified as providing the safest conditions to patients and employees for the work being performed,” says Richard Zarbo, M.D., senior vice president and chair of Henry Ford’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. “This is a humbling achievement and one that reflects our dedicated staff whose detailed attention to quality and clinical excellence is exceptional.”

Henry Ford’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is one of the largest hospital-based clinical laboratories in the United States, performing more than 12 million clinical laboratory tests annually.

CAP ISO 15189 accreditation comes after 32 days of stringent inspection and analysis. CAP is the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, and is widely considered the leader for providing quality improvement programs to medical laboratories worldwide.