SPRING HOUSE, Penn. (July 22, 2020)—The Compliance Team, Inc., a Medicare-approved national health care accreditation organization, recently launched its newest Exemplary Provider Quality Award program, Pharmacy Testing Certification. The program is the first of its kind in the health care industry and is derived from The Compliance Team’s long-standing pharmacy quality standards for accreditation.

The Pharmacy Testing Certification program provides pharmacies with the education and tools necessary to achieve certification for COVID-19 and other CLIA Waived tests. It offers pharmacies new revenue opportunities via Point of Care testing and Collect and Transfer testing. The certification assures customers, patients, payers and employees that the pharmacy’s patient safety and testing quality has been validated by a nationally recognized third party.

To participate in the new program, (unless only doing collect and transfer), the pharmacy must obtain a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Waiver and have completed a CMS Part B application. Included in the certification standards are: Point of Care testing, collection/sending of tests, equipment management, supply (PPE) management, patient assessment, and facility assessment.

Sandra C. Canally, founder and CEO of The Compliance Team is the standards architect of the new program. She said that “this is a focused validation of a pharmacy’s ability to perform testing as well as assurances to maintain integrity of specimen collection.”

The Pharmacy Testing certification is a stand-alone certification program, so a pharmacy need not be accredited by The Compliance Team for any other service. Once a pharmacy has completed the program, it will receive a Pharmacy Testing Certification Award. The certification is valid for two years.

Visit thecomplianceteam.org for more information.