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CLSI Launches a Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) Certificate Program, an Educational Resource for Quality Management System Implementation

Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—August 2013—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has launched its Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) Certificate Program. The LQMS Certificate Program is an online, self-paced distance learning course that imparts the knowledge and skills necessary for successful implementation and sustainment of a quality management system (QMS).

A QMS directs and controls an organization with regard to quality. It uses a systematic and process-oriented approach that is essential to meet quality goals and objectives. The LQMS Certificate Program, which was developed by content experts, provides comprehensive coverage of a QMS within a clinical laboratory practice.

The LQMS Certificate Program is a stress-free, cost-effective method to earn P.A.C.E.® continuing education (CE) credits. It is a simple way to stay current with your QMS knowledge without traveling or attending meetings. Social media networks for program graduates allow you to interact with leaders in the field and leverage your knowledge for new career opportunities and advancements.

“The CLSI LQMS Certificate Program is a wonderful resource for laboratories interested in increasing their understanding of QMS,” notes Lou Ann Barnett, PhD, MT(ASCP), PMP, CCRP, Laboratory Quality Program Manager at Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Laboratories, Sacramento, California, USA. “It is well organized, providing expert information on the 12 quality system essentials (QSEs) described in many of the CLSI guidelines related to quality. The course is both instructional and practical; it also contains case studies that help the user understand how to apply the QSE requirements within a laboratory project. I highly recommend this very useful learning program.”

The program consists of 12 modules and each module represents one of the 12 QSEs. Introductory and summary modules are also included for a total of 14 modules. Each online module can be completed in one to two hours and includes a lesson, additional transcript information, case study activities, and a quiz. To earn the LQMS certificate of completion and 13 P.A.C.E.® CE credits, participants must successfully complete all modules and pass a comprehensive, multiple-choice examination by.

It is strongly recommended that participants purchase the LQMS Certificate Program along with the new version of CLSI’s The Key to Quality™ because the program references The Key to Quality in many of its modules. Additionally, CLSI document QMS01-A4 (formerly GP26-A4)—Quality Management System: A Model for Laboratory Services; Approved Guideline—Fourth Edition is an essential document for any organization’s QMS collection and is referenced in the LQMS Certificate Program. The CLSI Shop offers bundle options for these products at a discounted rate and member discounts also apply.

CLSI is a not-for-profit membership organization that brings together the varied perspectives and expertise of the worldwide laboratory community for the advancement of a common cause: to foster excellence in laboratory medicine by developing and implementing clinical laboratory standards and guidelines that help laboratories fulfill their responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness, and global applicability. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at or call 610.688.0100.



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