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Committee Update:
Quality Assurance & Standards Committee (QAS)

Linda Dunn

Linda Dunn and Chris Bishop (Former QAS Chair)

Marcelo Pando

Chair: Linda Dunn
Co-Chair: Marcelo Pando

Each year the ASHI Quality Assurance & Standards Committee (QAS), with help from the Accreditation Review Board (ARB), reviews the ASHI Standards for content requiring updates or revisions.

This annual review ensures that the standards keep pace with changes in the field and meet necessary federal requirements by comparing ASHI QAS, CMS (CLIA), FDA, NMDP and OPTN policies and regulations. Committee liaisons from the ARB, NMDP and EFI contribute content and interpretation guidance throughout the review process.

From January to July the QAS meets through a number of conference calls and, with input from the ASHI Board of Directors and the ARB, creates a draft that contains new and revised standards.

This draft is distributed for public comment during the month of August. The committee reviews all comments received and distributes a revised draft (including public comments and responses) to the Board and ARB for consideration. Once all questions have been addressed, the draft is submitted to ASHI Publications for clean-up and to create the final version for submission to CMS by mid-November.

The QAS and ARB respond to any questions received from CMS and, once approved, the new ASHI Standards become effective on Jan. 1.

The 2015 QAS Committee consists of two co-chairs, 11 members, three liaisons (ARB, EFI, NMDP), and two ASHI representatives.

The 2014 standards version is posted in the Lab Center of the ASHI website. more

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