Recently, the outsourcing of medical laboratory services has been a widely discussed topic. According to Employers of Poland, the discussion is not focused on the most pressing problems with Polish laboratories and the results of laboratory procedures. In our view, the key question is how to ensure higher quality of laboratory services and appropriate quality control.
Employers of Poland recommend:
Publishing all control results on the websites of relevant institutions. Laboratories that did not meet the requirements should be obliged to initiate correctional procedures until they pass the control. If said procedures to do not improve the quality of examination sufficiently, the Centre for Quality Evaluation in Laboratory Diagnostics should have the right to prohibit diagnosis.
Establishing the criteria for issuing and withdrawing permits for laboratory diagnoses on the basis of inter-laboratory control.
Broadening the scope of procedures subject to controls as much as possible. Procedures not subject to controls by the Centre for Quality Evaluation in Laboratory Diagnostics should be controlled by other commercially available means, which would then be checked by the Centre.
Providing the Centres with tools (including IT tools) required to supervise laboratory procedures and publish the results.
We believe that the results of controls are an objective and reliable numerical assessment of laboratory procedures – always up to date too, if they are often renewed. Introducing a legal requirement of the accreditation of the Polish Accreditation Centre according to the NORM 15189:2013 for all laboratories which want to receive public funding.