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Copy of Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA)

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Meral Osal

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Positive and Negative Aspects of OLA
Positive Aspects of OLA
- OLA provides medical labs with the tools they need to standardize their process. It address failing resources. Also, it sets quality standards and safety standards for medical labs.
- Individuals assessing the medical lab for OLA check the physical condition of the laboratory and practice procedure followed by individual staff members.
- OLA requires medical labs to perform self-assessments of their labs. These self-assessments can cause re-accreditation.
- If the laboratory is sold to a new owner it has to be assessed again within 6 months.
- For mandatory participating laboratories, all medical laboratory tests that are performed have to be OLA accredited.
- Government regulatory pays for accreditation if it’s a mandatory laboratory.

Negative Aspects of OLA
- Laboratories owned by the same corporate group can be accredited at once.
- Self-assessments can be done every day or once every year by the quality manager or laboratory management.
- Self-assessments can be forged.
- The term for accreditation for Ontario is 4 years.
- OLA requirements are updated minimum of once every three years.
- Not all medical laboratory tests are accredited by the voluntary laboratories.
- Voluntary laboratories must pay accreditation assessment visits and administrative/maintenance fees when they apply for accreditation.

Laboratory accreditation is a process by which an authoritative body (QMP-LS) gives formal recognition that an organization is competent to carry out specific tasks (detailed in a scope of accreditation) in a reliable, credible, and accurate manner
This is a peer review assessment process carried out to ensure that each laboratory complies with the requirements of the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) Program.
Accreditation assessments consist of two types:
1) regular cyclical visits: which occur every three to five years
2) “for cause” visits: occur at any time if a laboratory is performing poorly, is non-compliant or non-reporting in quality assessment.
This accreditation assessment process ensures that laboratories meet explicit quality management criteria, in order to give formal recognition that the laboratory is competent to carry out examinations.
It also provides medical labs with the tools they need to standardize their processes, address
diminishing resources and set a quality benchmark
- It is mandatory for all medical labs in Ontario to participate in OLA.

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History and Purpose
Quality Management Program – Laboratory Services (QMP-LS)
• The Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) began development on September 15, 2000
• The purpose of this accreditation is to improve access and provide the public with assurance of the highest standards of laboratory service
• OLA is mandatory for all licensed Ontario medical laboratories
• In the past proficiency lab testing was completed using the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (LPTP). The addition of a peer-group accreditation brought forth the Quality Management Program – Laboratory Services (QMP-LS), which is the current authoritative body for OLA accreditation.
• The OLA is operated by the QMP-LS, which is a division of the Ontario Medical Association and is funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

QMP-LS is the authoritative body used by Ontario's Ministry of Health, in which gives formal recognition to the OLA.
Duties of QMP-LS:
Improve the quality of lab medicine through external quality assessment (EQA) and provide accreditation to the OLA 15189Plus™ standard
QMP-LS provides safety to patients by:
• Assessing the quality of lab test results
• Ensuring labs meet international and national standards of excellence through the OLA 15189Plus™ accreditation program
• Provides medical labs in Ontario with the tools and education they need to prepare for accreditation
Has accredited over 230 labs to the OLA 15189Plus™ standard (OLA approved)

Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA)
There is a huge emphasis placed on the importance of reliability when it comes to diagnostic medical laboratory examinations and tests. The industry demands that all laboratories deliver credible results, to ensure accurate data is obtained and forwarded. Yet, how can we ensure that laboratories are providing top notch results all the time? The answer to this is the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA)!
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Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA)
Since the OLA is a body that ensures quality, it impacts the working environment by ensuring workers perform at a necessary standard of practice. Once accredited, t can also implement tools that can effectively eliminate variability in processes. Cost-savings projects can also be added to a management system with a solid base and infrastructure. It can also influence healthcare reform by encouraging staff contribution and involvement, professionalism, and improvement in morale. Furthermore, communication is improved and variability is reduced when documentation of processes and procedures are clearly stated. Competitiveness is increased between others and also helps private sector laboratories expand their business model.
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How does the OLA support Technologists and Technicians in their practice and competency?
Every aspect of the accreditation process requires individuals from all levels of the organization to be involved and it creates partnerships and teamwork within the lab.

Both technologist and technician can work side by side with the OLA assessors, to develop and advance the standards for the delivery of laboratory procedures.

Ideas from all levels are taken into consideration, which improves the culture in an organization, staff morale, and contributes to good staff-management relationships.

How does the OLA support Technologists and Technicians in their practice and competency?
Laboratories that take on the accreditation process provide their staff with an opportunity to self-assess their strengths and weaknesses, and then come up with a plan to improve upon their weaknesses so that they meet the accepted OLA standards.
It provides everyone with an opportunity to strive for excellence within the organization.
Technologists/technicians will gain confidence in the services they are providing, which will also provide the public with greater protection through the assurance of high-quality clinical laboratory services.

How does the OLA support Technologists and Technicians in their practice and competency?
Working with peers who have hands on experience is valuable and provides technicians/technologists with prised insight.

Access to laboratory expertise from external laboratories that are already accredited provides the lab staff with an even broader exposure to what is happening in labs across Canada.

Laboratory accreditation provides technologists/technicians with a benchmark for maintaining their competency.

The OLA protects the public by working to improve access and providing the public with assurance of the highest standards of laboratory service. The OLA assures the public that an organization is competent to carry out specific tasks in a reliable, credible, and accurate manner. The OLA also protects the public by having an effective quality management system that reduces the risk and improves patient safety through the implementation of tools that eliminate variability in processes.

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