Doha 30 October, 2022: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) has successfully achieved accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapy (AABB).
The accreditation comes after a rigorous assessment which was conducted over three days in early October. The AABB accredits blood banks and transfusion services worldwide in more than 80 countries
The AABB Accreditation program is internationally recognized as the symbol of quality, and facilities that have achieved AABB accreditation are known to provide world class products and services. AABB's Standards combine the field’s leading quality management system essentials with technical requirements designed to ensure optimal quality and safety for donors, patients and staff.
DLMP Chairperson Dr. Einas Al Kuwari said the accreditation was a remarkable achievement as the Department was examined for 431 main standards with no deficiencies found by inspectors.
The DLMP operates Qatar Blood Services – which is the only health organization responsible for provision of blood supplies for the whole state of Qatar including all governmental and private health institutes.
“The international team of inspectors highly commended the excellence of the Transfusion Medicine Services at HMC citing that several of the commendable practices would be recommended to be included in the AABB website for wider publication to other institutions,” Dr. Al Kuwari said.
“AABB accreditation is an international mark of excellence that demonstrates our facility's commitment to quality and safety to patients, donors and the community. HMC Laboratories have once again proven we operate at the highest international standards – a reflection of our commitment to continuous quality improvement and in line with HMC’s vision to deliver the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to every one of its patients.”
The Department is also accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The international body provides the world’s most recognized laboratory accreditation program, which is considered the global gold standard for laboratory management.
In addition, DLMP is accredited by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics lab services and the DLMP’s Virology Laboratory is recognized as a National Influenza Center by the World Health Organization.
For more information on blood donation in Qatar go to www.hamad.qa/qbs