Key words Accreditation
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract The European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI) has its own standards for histocompatibility testing. Compared with EN 45001 and ISO Standards, EFI Standards are more detailed, actually stating "what to do" in the laboratory. The decision of Eurotransplant that all its organ transplantation programmes must be EFI-accredited by the year 2000, illustrates the importance of the these standards. It took us 11 months to prepare the EFI questionnaire, describing the main features of our laboratory and how they complied with EFI Standards. After approval of this file, inspection was performed by a team of two peers who routinely worked in an EFI-accredited tissue typing laboratory. The pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases were inspected during a one day visit. Furthermore, a checklist was reviewed against the laboratory's documentation system. Within 1 month of reception of the inspection report, we were expected to send a reply listing the corrective actions taken. Upon acknowledgement of the latter, EFI Accreditation was granted, for 1 year. We feel that detailed standards, specifically designed for a certain type of laboratory, offer many advantages.
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