Assessors are a valued and essential part of the DAP accreditation process. They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the accreditation process.
What do assessors do?
Assessors conduct on-site assessments of diagnostic facilities and services.
The DAP has a hybrid (peer- and staff-based) assessment methodology. During on-site assessments, assessors evaluate the diagnostic service’s level of actual performance to achieving the accreditation standards.
Being an assessor can provide benefits that include:
- professional and personal development
- networking opportunities within their field throughout BC
- the opportunity to share knowledge, experience and ideas with other facilities
Assessors are recruited based on their subject matter expertise. They are trained according to ISO standards and guidelines of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
An assessment team will have the following:
- a DAP accreditation assessment officer(s)
- peer assessors (medical, administrative and technical)
- a lead assessor responsible for assessment activities and leading opening and closing meetings
An assessment team may vary in size depending on the size and complexity of the services provided.
Apply to be an assessor
DAP peer assessors must be in active practice or recently retired and must have the following competencies:
- professional expertise and experience
- knowledge of diagnostic procedures
- understanding of diagnostic management
- analytical approach
- ability to evaluate critically
- communication skills
- commitment to the accreditation process
Training and orientation program
The DAP has a training and orientation program that all DAP assessors must complete prior to assessment.
The program consists of the following:
- a pre-read assessor training package
- an orientation session provided by DAP staff
Assessors are encouraged to attend an annual development session organized by the DAP. Additional resources and feedback are provided to assessors on an ongoing basis as necessary.