Accreditation standards and position statements

Accreditation standards

Standards are the foundation of the accreditation program. Standards are developed to be flexible enough to apply to different facility operations and rigorous enough to safeguard patients.

The goal of the standards is to deliver safety and quality requirements that practitioners consider legitimate. Standards development will:

  • reflect current practice
  • incorporate best-available scientific evidence
  • involve subject matter experts

Diagnostic imaging

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

Effective date: July 1, 2020

Accreditation Standards – Diagnostic Imaging

Revision record effective date: July 1, 2020

Guidance

Laboratory medicine

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

Effective date: February 1, 2021

Accreditation Standards – Laboratory Medicine

Revision record effective date: February 1, 2021

Guidance

Neurodiagnostics

In April 2020, the College’s DAP Committee approved the Neurodiagnostics Accreditation Standards.

Effective date: September 1, 2020

Accreditation Standards – Neurodiagnostics

Revision record effective date: September 1, 2020

Neurodiagnostics (community)

In April 2020, the College's DAP Committee approved the Community Neurodiagnostics Accreditation Standards.

Effective date: September 1, 2020

Accreditation Standards – Community Neurodiagnostics

Revision record effective date: September 1, 2020

Effective until: August 31, 2020

Pulmonary function

In May 2017, the College’s DAP Committee approved changes to the medical peer review accreditation standards for pulmonary function.

Effective date: May 3, 2017

Accreditation Standards – Pulmonary Function

Revision records

Highlights

Spirometry (community)

Spirometry is a useful diagnostic test commonly performed in a variety of settings. Accurate results are dependent on careful technique, proper equipment calibration, and maintenance.

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recommended procedures to reduce variability. This includes weekly testing of flow volume measurements and biologic normal subjects.

Under the DAP spirometry quality control program, facility personnel at each site perform the following according to DAP protocol:

  • quality control procedures
  • spirometry measurements on BioQC subjects

The results give an indication of any areas of concern with the spirometer or performance of the tests. Results are submitted to the DAP twice a year.

Polysomnography

In May 2017, the College’s DAP Committee approved changes to the medical peer review accreditation standards for polysomnography.

Effective date: May 3, 2017

Accreditation Standards – Polysomnography

Revision record effective date: May 3, 2017

Highlights

Home sleep apnea testing

In January 2021, the College’s DAP Committee approved accreditation standards for home sleep apnea testing.

Effective date: January 20, 2021

Accreditation Standards – Home Sleep Apnea Testing