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CLSI Publishes New Edition of Quality Management Document QMS05—Qualifying, Selecting, and Evaluating a Referral Laboratory


Wayne, Pennsylvania, USAThe Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has published QMS05—Qualifying, Selecting, and Evaluating a Referral Laboratory, 3rd ed. QMS05 provides laboratories with a defined process to identify candidate referral laboratories and consultants and qualify them for additional consideration. This guideline discusses:

  • Determining the needs of the referring laboratory.
  • Identifying stakeholders.
  • Verifying licensure, accreditation, or certification of referral laboratories.
  • Managing specimen processes such as transmission of information and pre- and postexamination referral processes.

Laura McClannan, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ), Chairholder of QMS05, said, “The revised document outlines a process to gather information, create a selection tool, select metrics for evaluation and manage the processes for the referral laboratory services. QMS05 is an excellent resource to assist laboratories that have a need for a referral laboratory or consultation service.”

For more information about QMS05, contact Patrick McGinn at pmcginn@clsi.org or +1.484.588.5933.  


CLSI sets the standard for quality in medical laboratory testing. A not-for-profit membership organization, CLSI brings together the global laboratory community for the advancement of a common cause: to foster excellence in laboratory medicine.    

For over 50 years, our members, volunteers, and customers have made CLSI a respected, transformative leader in the development and implementation of medical laboratory testing standards. Through our unified efforts, we will continue to set and uphold the standards that drive quality test results, enhance patient care delivery, and improve health care around the world.    

By using CLSI standards, laboratorians can improve process quality, speed the development of standard operating procedures, and implement safer practices with greater ease and efficiency.


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