Achieving POCT accreditation for the UK’s largest blood gas service

While provision for point-of-care testing (POCT) is growing hugely, UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation for such services is still in its infancy. Haval Ozgun, POCT Manager and Network Lead at South West London Pathology, explains how his service successfully gained accreditation.

With trained biomedical scientists in situ and robust quality systems in place, accreditation in clinical laboratories is well established, ensuring accurate results for patients’ records. However, point-of-care testing (POCT) UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation is still in its infancy, with very few sites yet achieving it due to the complexity of multiple POCT locations, analysers, and personnel, all beyond a traditional lab environment. 

As the UK’s largest UKAS ISO 15189:2012 and ISO 22870 accredited POCT service, South West London Pathology (SWLP) provides a near unique example of how POCT can now be considered a safe and clinically effective pathology discipline in its own right. 

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