OLA Requirements for the Pathologists’ Assistant
OLA Requirements for the Pathologists’ Assistant
Sat Jul 12, 2014  9:10 - 10:10 AM 
Seven West


At the end of the session, the participants will be able to:

  • List the ISO 15189 laboratory accreditation requirements that pertain to pathologists’ assistants.
  • Explain how ISO 15189 requirements relate to the work that a pathologist’s assistant performs within a laboratory’s quality management system.
  • Summarize the role of the pathologists’ assistant as it pertains to a robust quality management program.


A pathologists’ assistant is expected to be a fully working member of the laboratory, operating within the laboratory’s quality management system. Laboratories accredited under the ISO 15189 requirements, operate under specific guidelines ensuring safe work practices and the mitigation of patient risk. Specific ISO 15189 requirements, as they pertain to the pathologists’ assistants working in accredited anatomic pathology laboratories, will be highlighted and discussed. This presentation will be of value to pathologists’ assistant, pathology residents and pathologists involved in the training and competency assessment of pathologists’ assistants.