College of American Pathologists

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The College of American Pathologists ("CAP"), is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is headquartered in Northfield, Illinois.

It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists certified by the American Board of Pathology,[1] and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.[2] It is also affiliated with the American Medical Association (AMA).[3] CAP does accreditation of laboratories under deemed authority by CMS (Medicare). It also offers an accreditation service to help laboratories earn accreditation under ISO 15189 Medical Laboratories. In November 2008, Piedmont Medical Laboratory of Winchester, Virginia became the first laboratory in the United States [4] to be officially accredited under ISO 15189.

College of American Pathologists
Abbreviation CAP
Type NGO
Legal status
Educational Institution
Purpose Academic Research & Development
Headquarters Illinois
Location USA
Services Academic & Training
Official language
Volunteers 18000

As of September 10, 2011, the current president of the CAP is Stanley J. Robboy, MD, FCAP.

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