We are pleased to advise that ISO 15189:2022 Medical Laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence has now been published.
Further a resolution was endorsed at the ILAC General Assembly held last month to allow a 3-year implementation period from the date of publication of this revised standard (ie now December 2025) as shown below:
ILAC Resolution GA 26.08
As the revised version of ISO 15189 is scheduled for publication in 2022 or early 2023, the General Assembly endorses the recommendation of the AIC that a transition period of 3 years from the date of publication be adopted.
Noting that the requirements for Point of Care Testing (POCT) contained in ISO 22870:2016 have been incorporated into the revised ISO 15189, ISO 22870:2016 in conjunction with ISO15189:2012 will still be recognised as a Level 4 standard for POCT for the duration of the transition period.
At the end of the transition period, accreditation of a medical laboratory to ISO 15189:2012 and accreditation of POCT to ISO 22870:2016 in conjunction with ISO15189:2012 will not be recognised under the ILAC Arrangement.
The implementation of this transition period for ISO 15189:2022 by the signatories to the ILAC MRA for the accreditation of medical laboratories will be monitored by the ILAC AMC to ensure the deadline is achieved. The process used by the AMC to monitor this implementation of the revised standard will be similar to that used during the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Erik Oehlenschlaeger, ILAC AIC Chair, the members of the AIC ISO 15189 working group and our liaison officers to the ISO WG responsible for this standard for their contributions on behalf of ILAC to the revision of this important standard for our accreditation body members and their accredited medical laboratories.