COLA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Recertification

COLA has been recertified as meeting high “Quality Management System” standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008), an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various standards organizations. COLA’s recertification, which comes from ISO registrar British Standards Institute (BSI) under certificate number FS 564214, covers COLA’s delivery and administration of its CLIA-equivalent accreditation…

COLA presents scholarships to aspiring laboratorians

The COLAcares Give Back 365 program was designed to help address potential workforce shortages by educating young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers. Through the program COLA employees engage students in real-life case studies at local STEM fairs, speak at schools, and provide financial assistance to studying laboratory professionals.…

COLA continues to build partnerships in the Golden State

This week, members of the COLA team traveled to Sacramento, California to continue to build partnerships with regulators, legislators and policymakers active in issues affecting laboratory medicine. The team met with Senators, Assemblymembers and their staff to discuss the current landscape of healthcare in California and the critical role that laboratory medicine plays in influencing…

COLA recommends guidelines for National HIV Testing Day providers

As health departments, AIDS service organizations, pharmacies and other entities prepare to take part in National HIV Testing Day on June 27, COLA is offering guidelines for personnel administering “waived” HIV tests. Waived lab tests are simple tests performed at the point-of-care and are exempted from most federal oversight. Thousands of health facilities, substance abuse…

COLA Leadership Summit Concludes with a Path Forward

COLA successfully concluded its 2014 Leadership Summit last week. More than 30 thought leaders in health care, including physicians, regulators, public health experts, medical laboratory scientists, manufacturers, nurse practitioners and more gathered in San Francisco to discuss the future of laboratory medicine in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group explored the implications…

COLA Debuts California Summit Website

COLA, a leading laboratory accreditor, is pleased to announce the launch of www.calabsummit.org, a site devoted to its 2014 Leadership Summit. The one and a half day event will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco from Monday, April 28 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014 and feature thought provoking discussion from multi-disciplinary opinion…

COLA, CRI to Conduct Lab Training for Allied Health Professionals

COLA and its educational subsidiary COLA Resources, Inc. (CRI), will jointly present a program entitled “Fundamentals of Clinical Laboratory Testing” at Howard County Community College on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is intended for allied health professionals, emphasizing the components of good clinical laboratory practices. Designed for nurses and…

COLA to Host Leadership Summit in California

COLA is pleased to announce its 2014 Leadership Summit, which will bring together interdisciplinary healthcare leaders to collaborate on the future of laboratory medicine nationwide. The event will be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on April 28th-29th. Participants will contribute their diverse ideas, insights, and knowledge towards a comprehensive paper that…