Laboratories providing outpatient laboratory service benefits that are funded on a fee-for-service basis must undergo both approval and accreditation processes. The LSA specifies certain mandatory criteria for the consideration and approval of laboratory facilities and service related activities, including applications for
- new facilities
- the relocation and expansion of existing facilities
- a transfer of material financial interest
- significant changes in the capability or capacity to provide laboratory services
The Facility Approval Policies and Guidelines provide direction to the public and private facility owners and operators.
Effective April 1, 2019, BC’s Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is responsible for processing requests for approval of laboratory facilities and related services.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC must accredit all laboratory facilities through the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) before facilities receive approval to provide laboratory services.
As part of the Laboratory Facility Approval process, the Minister of Health assigns one or more category levels to each approved laboratory facility, reflecting the laboratory services the facility is authorized to provide. These categories are intended to correspond with the DAP accreditation disciplines.
Operators may only submit reimbursement claims for fee items included in the category for which that facility is approved. If the capability or capacity of an approved laboratory facility changes, the Minister of Health may assign a new category.
- Facility Approval Categories