The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have granted deeming authority to the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) under the Clinical laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), as published in the Federal Register, April 2015. The effective period is for six years, the maximum allowable time by law.

Effective through 2021, the continued approval came after a review of HFAP’s accreditation requirements by CMS to determine the program’s compliance with the CLIA requirements, which were established to ensure quality laboratory testing.

“Once again, the federal government has recognized HFAP as one of the premier accreditation organizations,” said Lawrence Haspel DO, Chairman, Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation. “After examining the application, CMS determined that HFAP’s standards for accrediting laboratories are equal to or more stringent than the CLIA program requirements.”