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ISO/IEC 17025:2017 (NABL) Certification for Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology
In the field of healthcare, medicine is termed as war metaphorically. The implication of this conceptual metaphor is clear: the disease in question is the enemy while the entire healthcare system and its stakeholders jointly fight to prevent and overcome its destruction. To end this war pathologist, a physician in the medical field who studies the causes, nature, and effects of the disease is responsible for determining the enemy’s disposition, intention, composition, and capabilities play an important role. The information gathered by the pathologists helps doctors in formulating the best treatment and patient management. The world’s largest professional membership organization for clinical pathologists and laboratory professionals, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), says, “Pathologists are problem-solvers, fascinated by the process of disease and eager to unlock medical mysteries, like AIDS and diabetes, using the tools of laboratory medicine and its sophisticated instruments and methods. Pathologists make it possible to apply scientific advances to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical diagnosis and treatment.”

For instance, the World Population Prospects by the United Nations state that the global geriatric population is expected to double by 2050, rising from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050. The rise in healthcare expenditure has propelled the market growth in the forecast period. Many research studies are being conducted to know the scope for development in clinical laboratory services. For instance, the American Journal of clinical pathology conducted research to understand the developmental area for clinical laboratory services in southern Ethiopia.
Clinical pathology is a medical specialty that is concerned with the diagnosis of disease based on the laboratory analysis of bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue homogenates or extracts using the tools of chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and molecular pathology. In Spain, the same medical specialty is known as clinical analysis whereas it is termed as clinical or medical biology in countries like France, Belgium, Netherlands, North, and West Africa. 

Evolution of Clinical Pathology
The first “Clinical Pathology” organization, ASCP was formed in 1922 by clinicians, mainly internists, who used laboratory medicine to improve diagnosis. The founder of scientific medicine, Hippocrates a Greek physician, was the first to deal with the anatomy and the pathology of the human spine. After which many physicians studied the concept of disease and this particular field continued to grow from then. Today, pathology is involved in 70 percent of all healthcare diagnoses.  If the pathology market follows the compound annual growth rate of 6.8 percent from 2014 to 2020 as predicted in a new study by market analysts Grand View Research, then the global market for clinical laboratories is expected to reach US$149 billion by 2020.

The implementation of various automated devices and testing kits, which provide accurate results, is used extensively in the market as these devices decrease human errors as well as labor costs. The use of technologically apt devices such as various computer software, microarray, biochips, etc. anticipates market growth as these advancements reduce the time of testing, providing quick results. Moreover, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the increasing geriatric population are also some primary factors expected to drive the market.

The clinical pathology laboratories provide diagnostic services in the sectors like cellular sciences, blood chemistry, clinical microbiology, and infectious disease, diagnostic molecular pathology, cytogenetics, devices, and microsystems, information technology, and forensic genomics, stem cell biology, and biobanking. The instruments used in the lab are macroscopic examination, microscopes, microscopical examination, analyzers, centrifuges, and cultures.

The pathological labs must have their accreditation from NABL and must have certification for ISO 17025: 2017. In this way, it can be assured that the testing is done according to regulatory norms imposed by the governments across the globe. 

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