COLA Accreditation

The most effective way to stay in compliance

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COLA Accreditation

The most effective way to stay in compliance

Enroll With COLA Today!

Already a customer? Log in here.

We help clinical laboratories provide the best patient care by ensuring that you not only meet federal CLIA and state requirements, but also benefit from our educational services. 

Why COLA Inc.?

Each step in the accreditation process is an opportunity to gather the information you need to continuously improve quality in your laboratory. Along the way, we provide tools that will help you document and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. 

COLA operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015. You can always count on COLA to provide a consistent survey experience every two years and across multiple laboratories in a system.

100,000+

On-site

Surveys

7,400+

Accredited

Laboratories

 

30+

Years of

Service

COLA is approved by CMS to accredit these CLIA Specialties

Chemistry

Hematology

Microbiology

Immunology

Immuno-hematology

Pathology

We accredit laboratories in all types of facilities

Physicians

Office

Hospitals

Reference

Laboratories

Health Systems

Independent

Pathology

Laboratories

 

Cytology

Laboratories

 

Mohs Surgery

Centers

Surgery Centers

EMS & Mobile

Laboratories

 

Rural Health

Clinics

 

Plasma

Centers

 

Long Term

Care

 

Physicians

Office

Hospitals

Reference

Laboratories

Health Systems

Independent

Pathology

Laboratories

 

Cytology

Laboratories

 

Surgery Centers

Rural Health

Clinics

 

Mohs Surgery

Centers

EMS & Mobile

Laboratories

 

Plasma

Centers

 

Long Term

Care

 

Physicians

Office

Hospitals

Reference

Laboratories

Health Systems

Independent

Pathology

Laboratories

 

Cytology

Laboratories

 

Surgery Centers

Rural Health

Clinics

 

Mohs Surgery

Centers

Long Term

Care

 

Plasma

Centers

 

EMS & Mobile

Laboratories

 

COLA Has Expertise in Specialized Testing

Mass Spectrometry

Molecular Diagnostics

Digital Pathology

Transfusion Services

COLA has been approved to deem laboratories in California compliant with the state requirements.

COLA also has an agreement with The Joint Commission recognizing us to accredit laboratories within TJC-affiliated facilities.  

As a COLA customer, you have the benefit of monitoring your accreditation status and accessing valuable educational content through our online customer portal. 

How Our Process Works

Enrollment

When your laboratory joins COLA, you receive instructions on how to download our Accreditation Manual and a detailed information packet to help you prepare for COLA accreditation. 

Use COLAcentral, our online customer portal, to communicate with us and monitor your accreditation status.  Through COLAcentral you can access our many educational tools.

1

Self Assessment

Your laboratory may conduct a Self-Assessment and submit the information to COLA. Use your results and feedback to make any corrective actions needed in preparation for the on-site survey.

2

On Site Survey

Depending upon the size and complexity of your laboratory, a COLA Surveyor or Survey Team will visit your laboratory.  We utilize an educational approach throughout our visit  and preliminary survey findings are shared with you and your staff at the conclusion of the survey.

3

Post Survey &

Corrective Action

COLA experts carefully analyze the survey findings before finalizing your survey report.  If non-compliant criteria are identified you will need to develop and implement a corrective action plan and submit appropriate documentation as required. During this process, technical support is available to you at no additional cost.

4

Accreditation

Your laboratory receives the COLA Accreditation Certificate for your two-year cycle.  COLA follows your laboratory performance on a continuing basis, including monitoring proficiency testing.

COLA Technical Advisors help laboratories work to achieve a culture of quality throughout the two-year survey cycle.

5

How Our Process Works

1

Enrollment

When your laboratory joins COLA, you receive instructions on how to download our Accreditation Manual and a detailed information packet to help you prepare for COLA accreditation. 

Use COLAcentral, our online customer portal, to communicate with us and monitor your accreditation status.  Through COLAcentral you can access our many educational tools.

2

Self Assessment

Your laboratory may conduct a Self-Assessment and submit the information to COLA. Use your results and feedback to make any corrective actions needed in preparation for the on-site survey.

3

Onsite Survey

Depending upon the size and complexity of your laboratory, a COLA Surveyor or Survey Team will visit your laboratory.  We utilize an educational approach throughout our visit  and preliminary survey findings are shared with you and your staff at the conclusion of the survey.

4

Post Survey & Corrective Action

COLA experts carefully analyze the survey findings before finalizing your survey report.  If non-compliant criteria are identified you will need to develop and implement a corrective action plan and submit appropriate documentation as required. During this process, technical support is available to you at no additional cost.  

5

Accreditation

Your laboratory receives the COLA Accreditation Certificate for your two-year cycle.  COLA follows your laboratory performance on a continuing basis, including monitoring proficiency testing.

COLA Technical Advisors help laboratories work to achieve a culture of quality throughout the two-year survey cycle.

Have Questions?

Can’t find the answers you’re looking for? Please call to speak to one of our Sales Representatives.  

Phone: (800) 981-9883 | Fax: (410) 381-8611

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