Spirometry and flow volume loops are a subgroup of pulmonary function testing, which measures how the lungs work. Facilities only performing spirometry and flow volume loops are accredited through the community spirometry process.
Change in service process
The Notification of Significant Change in Service form must be completed and submitted to the DAP if a facility is preparing for a significant change in service related to the following:
- relocation or extensive renovations in the physical location of the service
- new, additional or replacement equipment
- change in leadership (technical, medical, administrative, ownership)
- change in interpreting physicians or their location
- change in scope of service
The form must be submitted prior to the start of the change.
Pause in service
A pause in service occurs when operational constraints, such as trained personnel availability, equipment availability or medical oversight interrupts the provision of an accredited diagnostic service. This may impact one service or the entire scope of accreditation. In such cases, a Notification of Significant Change in Service form must be completed and submitted to the DAP.
Limited pause in service
Facilities may experience a pause in service for different reasons and lengths of time. The DAP will allow a pause in service for a limited time without the need to cancel a facility’s accreditation. It is important that this pause is reflected in the DAP communications to stakeholders. A facility will be appropriately assessed after the pause is resolved before it can resume services.
Pauses longer than six months
Facilities with pauses in services longer than six months are required to complete a focused assessment for that service. Facilities with pauses in services longer than 12 months will require a new accreditation award through the initial assessment process. For all pauses longer than six months, the scope of service at the facility will be updated on the accredited facilities lists of the College’s website.
Resumption of service
Facilities resuming service must notify the DAP. After the DAP has received notification of the resumption of service, an accreditation specialist will contact the facility. The accreditation specialist will schedule a follow-up accreditation activity if the facility/service closure exceeded six months.
Service cessation or facility closure
Facilities discontinuing an accredited service or closing completely must provide written communication in the form of a signed letter from the medical director confirming service cessation or facility closure and the effective date.