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The 2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum

The 2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum is being held at the Gila River Resort in Chandler, Arizona on May 6-8, 2025. The Forum offers interactive sessions covering topics of Pathology, Laboratory Leadership, Quality and Emerging Trends. The sessions will provide practical tools to use in your laboratory, and continuing education credits are available for physicians and laboratorians. Advance registration is now open, register today.

Popular Courses

Laboratory Director Course

All Access – Waived Testing Toolkit

Administrative Access – Waived Testing Toolkit

Waived Testing – Best Practices for Quality Results

Implementing a Meaningful IQCP

Virtual Lecture Series

Overview of Moderate Complexity Regulatory Requirements

One of America’s Leading Laboratory Accreditors

As a leading physician-directed accrediting organization and the first to obtain federal approval under CLIA, we accredit laboratories of all types, sizes and complexities. For over thirty years, we have refined our unique educationally-focused accreditation experience. Year over year customers report 98% satisfaction.  Accreditation is our core business.  Promoting health and safety is our mission. Guiding professionals to achieve their vision for laboratory excellence is our passion.

 

Laboratory Science in the News

Laboratories play a crucial role in monitoring and testing for avian flu to ensure preparedness. This NPR article stresses the importance of staying vigilant about avian flu outbreaks.

COLA Accreditation

COLA continues to be a CMS-approved laboratory accreditation organization (AO).  COLA’s latest reapproval from CMS, for the maximum six-year period, was announced in the Federal Register on March 6, 2024.  

The Joint Commission (TJC) has discontinued the cooperative agreement with COLA for laboratory accreditation. TJC is the only hospital accreditor that restricts options for laboratory accreditation.  TJC-accredited hospitals who use COLA for their laboratory accreditation do have other choices, however, for hospital accreditation.   

There are many synergies between COLA and both DNV and CIHQ (Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality).  These two CMS approved hospital accreditation organizations share many of the COLA values, including a standardized and educational approach to assisting you with compliance challenges.  And both welcome COLA laboratory accreditation in their accredited hospitals.   

A list of l all CMS-approved hospital accreditors can be found at Web List AO Contact List (cms.gov)

Notice

We are aware that you may have received an email on Friday, June 7, purporting to be from a COLA employee. If you did, please disregard and delete it. Thank you.
 

Stay Informed!

Stay informed about the latest regulatory announcements, upcoming events, trending accreditation news and other laboratory topics.

One of America’s Leading Laboratory Accreditors

As a leading physician-directed accrediting organization and the first to obtain federal approval under CLIA, we accredit laboratories of all types, sizes and complexities. For over thirty years, we have refined our unique educationally-focused accreditation experience. Year over year customers report 98% satisfaction.  Accreditation is our core business.  Promoting health and safety is our mission. Guiding professionals to achieve their vision for laboratory excellence is our passion. 

Laboratory Science in the News

Laboratories play a crucial role in monitoring and testing for avian flu to ensure preparedness. This NPR article stresses the importance of staying vigilant about avian flu outbreaks.

 

 

COLA Accreditation

COLA continues to be a CMS-approved laboratory accreditation organization (AO).  COLA’s latest reapproval from CMS, for the maximum six-year period, was announced in the Federal Register on March 6, 2024.  

The Joint Commission (TJC) has discontinued the cooperative agreement with COLA for laboratory accreditation. TJC is the only hospital accreditor that restricts options for laboratory accreditation.  TJC-accredited hospitals who use COLA for their laboratory accreditation do have other choices, however, for hospital accreditation.   

There are many synergies between COLA and both DNV and CIHQ (Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality).  These two CMS approved hospital accreditation organizations share many of the COLA values, including a standardized and educational approach to assisting you with compliance challenges.  And both welcome COLA laboratory accreditation in their accredited hospitals.   

A list of l all CMS-approved hospital accreditors can be found at Web List AO Contact List (cms.gov) 

 

 

 

Notice

We are aware that you may have received an email on Friday, June 7, purporting to be from a COLA employee. If you did, please disregard and delete it. Thank you. 

 

Stay Informed!

Stay informed about the latest regulatory announcements, upcoming events, trending accreditation news and other laboratory topics.

The 2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum

The 2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum is being held at the Gila River Resort in Chandler, Arizona on May 6-8, 2025. The Forum offers interactive sessions covering topics of Pathology, Laboratory Leadership, Quality and Emerging Trends. The sessions will provide practical tools to use in your laboratory, and continuing education credits are available for physicians and laboratorians. Advance registration is now open, register today.

Popular Courses

Laboratory Director Course

All Access – Waived Testing Toolkit

Administrative Access – Waived Testing Toolkit

Waived Testing – Best Practices for Quality Results

Implementing a Meaningful IQCP

Virtual Lecture Series

Featured News & Events

2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum

COLA invites you to submit a session or workshop proposal for the Laboratory Enrichment Forum 2025, an in-person event.

Featured News & Events

2025 Laboratory Enrichment Forum

COLA invites you to submit a session or workshop proposal for the Laboratory Enrichment Forum 2025, an in-person event.

COLA-employed surveyors have an average of 10 years of laboratory management experience.

Over 97% of COLA customers polled feel that COLA is the best fit for their laboratory accreditation needs.

All COLA surveyors receive over 40 hours of technical training a year.

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