The current process of assessing the capability of a laboratory to undertake a requested scope of testing for the purpose of accreditation of the laboratory will remain in place. The proposed changes to the requirements around formal qualifications and experience for APPs will augment the current quality assurance processes. The proposed new arrangements would ensure that:
- for the purpose of laboratories conducting a broad and complex range of pathology testing, APPs would be required to hold recognised specialist pathology qualifications or the equivalent degree of competence for a defined scope of testing, as assessed according to the criteria outlined above and the guidelines that will be developed for implementation by Medicare Australia in consultation with stakeholders; and
- all APPs hold the relevant qualifications and/or experience to safely take responsibility for pathology testing they undertake on behalf of consumers and their requesting medical practitioners.