ISO 15189 - MEDICAL LABORATORIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Foster Trust In Your Services Run an Efficient Laboratory Using Tested and Proven Management Systems Provide Reliable Results By Adopting a Well-Organised Structure Reduce Potential Risks Through a Proactive Attitude Reach New Clients Get Started Play Video ISO 15189 overview ISO 15189 is an international standard which specifies requirements for competence and quality that is specific to medical laboratories. Medical laboratory services are fundamental to patient care and, as a result, must be ready to fulfil the demands of all patients and the medical staff liable for their patients’ care. Gaining and maintaining ISO 15189 accreditation shows that your medical laboratory values the quality of the service it provides – from examination requests to processing clinical samples and producing reports, to name a few. Using a holistic approach, this standard provides a comprehensive framework for managing all the services required within a medical laboratory correctly and efficiently. ISO 15189 Benefits Medical laboratories are responsible for gaining and providing accurate medical results for their patients and clinical staff. These are a few of the many benefits ISO 15189 accreditation offers medical laboratories. Reduce RisksWhen your business is ISO 15189 accredited, your company will greatly reduce any potential risks. This is most beneficial in laboratories which contain sensitive patient data and complicated equipment,.Learn More Recognised Globally Laboratories that are ISO 15189 accredited will have their test reports internationally recognised thus ensuring that the medical health benefits extend all over the world.Learn More Lower Overall CostsAs your company eliminates the need for retesting, you will incur less costs. This money-saving process will continue to be felt all across the board as the ISO 15189 increases your company’s level of efficiency. Learn More Boost Your Staff’s MoraleISO 15189 aids your company’s staff to reduce mistakes and errors thus promoting better motivation and performance. It also works to help you recognise and promote your staff’s technical abilities. Learn More Within Legal RequirementsISO 15189 guarantees that your clinical services are secure and dependable. This ensures that your company is always within the confines of legal regulations, avoiding unnecessary pred press and fines. Learn More Work with An Expert For some companies, it might be tempting to read the standard and attempt to implement these processes without receiving any expert guidance. However, this is typically not enough to implement an efficient, long-term management system. A literal interpretation of this standard may easily create an overly bureaucratic management system, yielding the opposite results of what would otherwise be achieved. Instead of a structured system based on the smart analysis of data, you could end up with an overly complicated and inefficient system. Instead, hiring an expert consultancy with years of experience is the best way to effectively meet your ISO standards. Make sure to choose an expert you trust, to provide you with a grounded approach that will simplify your life, rather than over-complicate it. Get in touch Accreditation Body When looking to get ISO accreditation, a company can only work with that country’s accreditation body. It is important to make sure that your accreditation body is fully accredited, as only these entities are truly qualified to provide ISO accreditation. In Malta, NAB (National Accreditation Board) is the only accreditation body authorised to provide ISO 15189 accreditation. Fund YOUR JOURNEY TO ISO accreditation As a Malta Enterprise approved advisor, Luke can help his clients reap the full benefits of currently available funding. Applicable to any business based in Malta, the Government of Malta’s current funding schemes have never been better. The precise amount depending on your company’s size and ownership structure. For more information, simply get in touch for a free consultation session! Luke will help you to make the most of the best available funding incentives applicable to your business. Get in touch Fund YOUR JOURNEY TO ISO accreditation Luke’s approval as a Malta Enterprise approved advisor means that his clients can reap the full benefits of currently available funding schemes. Find out whether you are eligible for funding by getting in touch with Luke! Get in touch Funding Opportunities For medical laboratories, getting ISO 15189 certification is a crucial milestone. Recognizing the importance of working towards this standard, there are various funding opportunities to be found in Malta. These include: 50% Tax Credits cash grants by Malta Enterprise, JobsPlus, & other entities. enquire ISO 15189: A Closer Look Why is it Needed and What Does It Cover? Published in March 2012, the ISO 15189:2012 Medical Laboratories Quality Management System remains the most recent and up-to-date version of this standard. Using a high-level system that allows it to be easily implemented alongside other ISO management systems, this standard follows the same ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model which defines all of the revised ISO standards. The following shows a brief overview of the topics the ISO 15189 covers: Contextualising the Organisation’s MLMS and defining its overarching scope. Establishing MLMS leadership and worker roles Planning to manage MLMS risks and opportunities Offer support through suitable communication and documentation. Operational planning Performance evaluation Opportunities for corrective action Achieving ISO 15189 What Does This Say About Your Organisation? Although achieving ISO 15189 accreditation is not a legal requirement, owning this accreditation says a lot about what type of medical laboratory you are running. Adhering to this ISO standard boasts inherent benefits but it also sends the right message to you clients, investors and competitors. Getting ISO 15189 accreditation proves that your laboratory: Values the quality of the medical services it provides its patients and clinical staff. Is compliant with medical laboratory statutes and requirements. Understands the business related benefits of having management systems in place. Is an industry leader which operates at a level of excellence by implementing the most up-to-date management standards. Achieve mdr & gdp compliance PASS YOUR REGULATORY AUDITS When gaining ISO certification, your business is also be better equipped to pass regulatory audits for compliance.Companies within the medical supply chain are naturally under legal scrutiny. Not only is it good practice to follow well-structured quality management systems but companies are lawfully required to comply with Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP). Using his years of ISO and compliance experience, Luke makes sure that your company follows ISO standards and consequently, is compliant with legal regulations.Follow the links to learn more about the importance of Medical Device Regulations (MDR) compliance and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliance. ISO 15189 Articles February 16, 2023 Avoid these 10 Pitfalls when Implementing an ISO Management System Read More February 8, 2023 How-To: Clause 8 Management System Options in ISO 17025 Read More January 20, 2023 Why you Need to get Certified – ISO 9001 Question and Answer (Part 1) Read More January 2, 2023 The Striking Differences Between ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 Read More December 18, 2022 Secure Success with ISO 15189 Accreditation for Medical Laboratories! Read More September 26, 2022 Useful Tips for Measurement and Uncertainty in ISO 17025 Read More September 19, 2022 ISO 17025 Laboratory Sampling Requirements – Fit the Bill! Read More September 14, 2022 How-to: Process Requirements of Clause 7 in ISO 17025 Read More September 14, 2022 Requirements of ISO 9001 as a Quality Management System – The Road to Continuous Improvement Read More Frequently Asked Questions WHY IS ISO 15189 IMPORTANT? Medical laboratories are responsible for gaining and providing accurate medical results for their patients and clinical staff. Laboratories accredited with ISO 15189 are officially identified as being competent, therefore making them trustworthy for all stakeholders. How long will my ISO 15189 accreditation last? Your ISO 15189 accreditation will need to be renewed after a period of three years. To maintain your certification, an assessment must be conducted once a year and re-accreditation is issued every three years to ensure that your medical laboratory management systems continue to operate within the ISO 15189 required standards. Does ISO 15189 use a high-level structure? Yes, like other ISO standards that are concerned with different types of management systems - including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - the ISO 15189 uses a high-level structure. This indicates that the ISO 15189 may be effortlessly integrated within any existing ISO management system. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO IMPLEMENT ISO 15189? The amount of time it takes your company to earn your certification all depends on the size and complexity of your business. Luke will help you to make this process as swift and efficient as possible for your convenience. DOES MY ORGANISATION NEED TO GET ISO 15189 accredited TO IMPROVE OUR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? Whilst organisations can attempt to optimise their medical laboratory management systems without accreditation, ISO 15189 provides a structured approach which is sustainable and internationally trusted. Therefore, although it is not necessary, this is a recommended tried-and-tested means of achieving efficient medical laboratory management. What types of laboratories may become ISO 15189 accredited? Any laboratory which conducts medical testing may apply for accreditation. In Malta, who can provide ISO 15189 accreditation? In Malta, only the National Accreditation Board (NAB) can provide accreditation.