Review ArticlesCore Components of a Comprehensive Quality Assurance Program in Anatomic PathologyNakhleh, Raouf E. MDAuthor Information Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL Reprints: Raouf E. Nakhleh, MD, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic Florida, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (e-mail: [email protected]). Advances in Anatomic Pathology: November 2009 - Volume 16 - Issue 6 - p 418-423 doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3181bb6bf7 Buy Metrics Abstract In this article the core components of a comprehensive quality assurance and improvement plan are outlined. Quality anatomic pathology work comes with focus on accurate, timely, and complete reports. A commitment to continuous quality improvement and a systems approach with a persistent effort helps to achieve this end. Departments should have a quality assurance and improvement plan that includes a risk assessment of real and potential problems facing the laboratory. The plan should also list the individuals responsible for carrying out the program with adequate resources, a defined timetable, and annual assessment for progress and future directions. Quality assurance monitors should address regulatory requirements and be organized by laboratory division (surgical pathology, cytology, etc) as well as 5 segments (preanalytic, analytic, postanalytic phases of the test cycle, turn-around-time, and customer satisfaction). Quality assurance data can also be used to evaluate individual pathologists using multiple parameters with peer group comparison. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.