COLA and California Deeming: What Does It Mean?

COLA was approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories for purposes of demonstrating compliance with California’s unique laws and regulations, which are aimed to ensure quality in clinical laboratory testing. COLA made its first application for approval in December 2011 and was given official notification of approval in September of 2013. Three other…

COLA Team Award Winners Announced

  This week all COLA employees gathered in Columbia, Maryland to celebrate a year of hard work and dedication to COLA’s mission. During COLAcares week all employees participate in a full schedule of training on new accreditation criteria, team building exercises, and annual celebrations. One important component of COLAcares week is our annual COLA awards…

COLA First Private Lab Accreditor to Receive State Deeming Authority in California

  COLA recently became the first private accreditor to be awarded “deemed” status by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) in the State of California.  Clinical laboratories can now demonstrate compliance with federal CLIA regulations as well as California laboratory licensure laws and regulations through COLA accreditation. COLA’s deemed authority was granted in accordance with a law…