Following are answers to questions about the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) advisory committees:
How are the advisory committees formed?
The DAP relies on its facilities to nominate experts within their respective organizations as members of the committees. Nomination requests are sent to regional administrative and medical leaders within health authorities and community-based diagnostic facilities. DAP staff collate the nominations and send them to the DAP Committee for approval. Once approved, the membership of each committee is posted to the DAP section of the College website.
The advisory committee term is four years.
What do the advisory committees do?
In addition to reviewing and revising the DAP accreditation standards, the advisory committees report to the DAP Committee. By providing advice and guidance on medical, technical and management issues the DAP Committee can make the best possible decisions regarding diagnostic service accreditation.
Is it possible to participate in the standards review and not be on an advisory committee?
The DAP is founded on the principles of quality improvement and as such relies on the expertise of individuals working within its facilities to identify areas of improvement. Facility staff are encouraged to provide feedback on the accreditation standards through the post on-site assessment questionnaire. In addition, proposed revisions to the DAP standards are distributed for community review prior to being submitted to the DAP Committee for approval. Community review provides facilities affected by the standard revisions an opportunity to review and comment on the changes. Feedback received during this process is reviewed by the DAP staff and advisory committees.