The process begins with a comprehensive self-evaluation by laboratory staff. Completion of the application for accreditation requires information on all aspects of laboratory operation as well as the submission of actual case studies for review. After a laboratory submits the application to the IAC, the application undergoes a confidential peer-review by the IAC's trained reviewers, including physicians, technologists and sonographers, before a final decision is made by the Board of Directors.
Rather, accreditation is based on a policy of substantial compliance with the Standards. No laboratory is ever denied accreditation outright. Instead, the IAC provides guidance to assist the laboratory in meeting the requirements of the Standards.