Amazon diagnostics lab receives College of American Pathologists accreditation

May 21, 2021

Amazon's diagnostics laboratory in Hebron, KY, has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the company said in a news release.

The laboratory — which processes thousands of COVID-19 tests a day — is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), which regulate laboratory testing in the U.S.

"From day one of launching our employee COVID-19 testing program, we have focused on achieving the highest standards of quality and safety for our diagnostics laboratory," said Cem Sibay, Vice President at Amazon.

Amazon said it built the Kentucky laboratory in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide frontline employees with regular access to free COVID-19 testing.

Amazon assembled a team in April 2020 with a variety of skills — from research scientists and program managers to procurement specialists and software engineers — to focus on supporting a COVID-19 testing program. The initiative included building diagnostic laboratories in the United States and United Kingdom and creating an in-house COVID-19 testing program from scratch.

Within weeks of launching, Amazon said the laboratories were processing thousands of tests per day and building incremental testing capacity. The labs have now processed millions of voluntary tests from over 750,000 frontline employees, the company said.

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