Announcement of the re-approval of COLA under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988

March 8, 2024
A Notice by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a notice on March 6, 2024.

The notice announces the application of COLA for re-approval as an accreditation organization for clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) program for the following specialty and subspecialty areas under CLIA: Microbiology, including Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology; Diagnostic Immunology, including Syphilis Serology, and General Immunology; Chemistry, including Routine Chemistry, Toxicology, and Endocrinology; Hematology, including routine hematology and coagulation; Immunohematology, including ABO Group, D (Rho) typing, Unexpected Antibody Detection, Compatibility Testing, and Antibody Identification; Pathology, including Histopathology, Oral Pathology, and Cytology.

It was determined that COLA meets or exceeds the applicable CLIA requirements. The re-approval and grant COLA deeming authority for a period of 6 years was announced. This notice is effective from March 6, 2024 to March 6, 2030.

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