This text, by the author of "Understanding Accreditation in Laboratory Medicine", should prove a valuable practical guide to medical laboratories seeking external recognition for the quality of service they provide to their users. Since the earlier publication in 1996 there have been major developments in the international standards relevant to the medical laboratory.
The author integrates key aspects of these standards and draws upon material from all over the world, to create two fictional devices that enable material of practical value to be presented to the reader. The first is an outline structure of an "Ideal Standard" for medical laboratories. It is introduced with an appendix providing cross references to the relevant international standards. The second fictional device is the Pathology Laboratory of St Elsewhere's Hospital Trust, which is introduced with examples of its documentation in the form of pages from its quality manual, contents of procedures and forms used to implement those procedures.
This book should be of interest to medical laboratory professionals of all disciplines and those concerned with the management of quality.