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Laboratory accreditation 

Laboratory accreditation
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Laboratory accreditation
Author(s):

Petros Nihoyannopoulos

and Luna Gargani

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0071
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date: 26 November 2020

Accreditation and certification of echocardiography laboratories is a crucial step to standardize and homogenize the practice of echocardiography and therefore, ultimately, to protect patients from undergoing cardiovascular imaging examination performed by unqualified people and/or in an inappropriate environment. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) aims at setting up a European standard in laboratory practices and patient care. Following the success of the individual certification process, the EACVI launched Laboratory Accreditation in three different modules: transthoracic echocardiography, transoesophageal echocardiography, and stress echocardiography. For each module, two levels are available: the basic standard accreditation, aimed to fulfil mandatory requirements for an adequate clinical service, and the advanced standard accreditation, set to establish a smaller number of advanced laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, providing extensive teaching and research and covering all modules. The accreditation process is designed to uniformly raise standards of practice and equipment, and to be used as an educational tool to improve the overall quality of the laboratories, both from a clinical and scientific perspective.

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