The Ministry of National Guards Health Affairs hospital in Madinah, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, has achieved a new national accomplishment by obtaining the accreditation of the Saudi Center for Medical Laboratories ISO 15189 as the first medical laboratory within the Kingdom to be accredited in the government sector.
This accreditation is concerned with conformity assessment to clarify the requirements of medical laboratories' accreditation to validate their services and improve their ability to provide accurate and guaranteed results in addition to verifying their technical efficiency, which is the primary criterion for medical laboratories at the international accreditation bodies. It also contributes to exchanging laboratory results between different authorities.
This accreditation, which is granted for the first time by the Saudi Accreditation Center, came after verifying the efficiency of the technical and administrative staff, the availability of adequate procedures for quality control, the existence of appropriate sampling practices, the availability of equipment, and the appropriate environment for testing following the highest medical standards in this field.
Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Juhani, Director of the Laboratories Department, commented: "Praise is to Allah for this achievement which further affirms the administrative staff efforts and the usual support of the hospital leadership. It is our pleasure to attain this accreditation, which asserts PMBAH's Laboratory eagerness to hold up local and international achievement".
The Executive Director of Medical Services at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Dr. Turki Al-Wasidi, praised the continuous excellence and relentless efforts of all health cadres at the Laboratory Services Department to provide the highest quality of medical services and their adherence to the international Quality & Patient Safety standards, which will be positively reflected on the provided healthcare services at Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital.
Further, the Executive Director of Operations at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Hospital, Mr. Mansour Bin Nasser Al Askar, pointed out that this achievement comes as the result of the development plans implemented by the hospital departments providing the optimum quality of provided services by enforcing the highest international scientific standards approved in various fields, noting that Operations and Medical Services Departments at Prince Hospital Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz in Madinah are collaborating to utilize distinguished specialized technical cadres with advanced international technologies to provide the best-integrated health care for our patients.
The Department of Medical Laboratories at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Hospital has achieved many national & international achievements, the most important of which is being listed as one of the top 20 laboratories around the world after obtaining international A2LA accreditation in all its laboratory services and obtaining the ISO 15189 certificate, and achieving the accreditation of the American College of Pathology CAP and the Joint Commission International for Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCI), in addition to the Saudi Center for Accreditation of Health Institutions (CBAHI) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).