Diagnostic Accreditation Program

The Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) is responsible for accrediting all diagnostic facilities in BC across the following services: diagnostic imaging; laboratory medicine; neurodiagnostics (including community neurodiagnostics); pulmonary function (including community spirometry); polysomnography; and home sleep apnea testing.

What does the DAP do?

Meeting provincial standards of quality

Accreditation is the longest established and most widely known process for the external evaluation of health-care services.

Accreditation assists diagnostic services in evaluating and improving the quality of services they provide to their patients and clients. Accreditation also provides recognition that the service is meeting provincial standards of quality.

The DAP assesses facilities to ensure they meet the accreditation standards for the services they provide. Compliant facilities receive an accreditation award and are added to the DAP list of accredited facilities.

Verifying and assessing requisite credentials

Physicians and surgeons in British Columbia must have the requisite credentials as outlined in the BC Medical Quality Initiative (BC MQI) provincial privileging dictionaries for specific privileges within diagnostic facilities.

Credentialing with the health authorities or through the College ensures physicians and surgeons working in diagnostic services have the training experience and ability to perform the services provided.

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Each program within the DAP has their own set of accreditation standards

Accreditation standards contain general standards that are similar across the programs and specific technical standards for each diagnostic service. The standards are updated regularly with all technical standards reviewed within a four-year cycle.

The DAP has dedicated staff working on standard development. They work closely with the DAP advisory committees to ensure the DAP standards are up to date and meeting international requirements. 

International recognition

The Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Medicine Accreditation Standards have been reviewed and accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (IEEA).

Additionally, the DAP is currently seeking to join the Asian Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) mutual recognition agreement for ISO/IEC 17011.