Markey Cancer Center’s Biorepository at University of Kentucky Accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Markey Cancer Center's Biorepository at University of Kentucky Accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP)
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The Biospecimen and Translational Pathology Shared Resource Facility (BPTP SRF) of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) following an on-site evaluation.

The BPTP SRF serves as a resource for the management of biological samples and the provision of pathology analytical services to assist researchers and collaborators at the UK Markey Cancer Center.

The BPTP SRF’s state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff offer a comprehensive range of biospecimen collection, storage, processing, and analysis services, enabling researchers worldwide to advance cancer research and improve patient care. Such facilities are crucial in advancing translational research for various diseases, including cancer.

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“On behalf of the BPTP SRF team, I am delighted we have achieved CAP Accreditation,” said Therese J. Bocklage, M.D., the facility’s director and professor in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. “This ongoing review process will help ensure we continue to provide the highest quality services.”

“This accreditation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of Dr. Bocklage and the entire BPTP SRF team in maintaining the high standards set by the CAP,” said Markey Cancer Center Director Mark Evers, M.D. “Their work plays an essential role in translational research that leads to advancing our understanding of cancer and developing new treatments.”

The BPTP SRF is part of a global network of over 8,000 facilities that have received accreditation from CAP. The CAP Biorepository Accreditation Program is a pioneering accreditation initiative in the field that aims to enhance the consistency and quality of biorepositories, thus ensuring the topmost level of patient care.

The process of getting CAP accreditation takes three years and involves a comprehensive assessment of a laboratory’s performance, procedures, and policies. During the inspection, CAP inspectors visited the BPTP SRF and assessed the facility’s management, quality control measures, equipment, and the qualifications of the personnel.