Back row, from left: Research assistants Titilayo Fashemi, Stanthia Ryan, Paolo Di Pinto, Noah Beatty and Hassan Dawood, (front row, from left) lab manager Hidemi Yamamoto and Raina Fichorova, MD, comprise the BWH Genital Tract Biology Lab.

When a department passes an unannounced inspection of more than 600 requirements with no deficiencies, it is a cause for celebration.

The BWH Genital Tract Biology laboratory was recently accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) as a result of an onsite inspection, making BWH now part of 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities around the world. The CAP accreditation proves that BWH ensures the highest standard of both laboratory science and patient care.

Since 2004, the OB/GYN Genital Tract Biology laboratory has been the first CAP-accredited research division at BWH. This is the department’s sixth consecutive accreditation.

“This accreditation sets a high standard for clinical research at the cross-section of reproductive medicine, immunology and genital tract biology,” said Raina N. Fichorova, MD, PhD, laboratory director.

In a news release, Fichorova, lab manager Hidemi Yamamoto, and lab members Hassan Dawood, Noah Beatty, Titilayo Fashemi and Stanthia Ryan were congratulated for the laboratory’s excellence.

The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is a worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP medical society serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. The college promotes accountable, high-quality and cost-effective patient care.