Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd (CPA)

Corporate origins, affiliations, memberships

CPA is co-owned by the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the Association of Clinical Pathologists (ACP), the Association of Clinical Biochemists (ACB) and a representative organisation for the Independent Sector.


CPA provides a means to accredit Clinical Pathology Services and External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQA).

It involves an external audit of the ability to provide a service of high quality by declaring a defined standard of practice, which is confirmed by peer review.

See also CPA’s quality policy attached.

Scope and focus of programme

All aspects relating to the accreditation of medical laboratories and EQA Schemes.  This is national and international.

Products and services
  • Assessment and accreditation

  • Training

  • Update for assessors

  • Website information support

  • Newsletter

  • Conference


Standards for the Medical Laboratory incorporating ISO 15189: 2003

Standards for EQA Schemes in Laboratory Medicine incorporating ILAC G13: 2000

Web-site, link incorporated to CPA Support website