American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) Proficiency Testing is one of the nation’s largest full-service proficiency testing programs, servicing more than 6,500 clinical testing centers. It is approved for all analytes by Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS), COLA, and all state agencies to satisfy proficiency testing requirements.
AAB Proficiency Testing began offering comprehensive external quality control PT programs in 1949. Since then, AAB Proficiency Testing has made comprehensive external quality control programs available to every individual and clinical laboratory wishing to participate. These programs are updated continuously and meet the needs of evolving techniques and concepts in the 21st Century Laboratory.
In May of 1996, AAB Proficiency Testing also made available proficiency testing programs for the clinical laboratory specialties of andrology and embryology.
AAB Proficiency Testing is committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical laboratory services by enhancing the professional skills of each of its members; promoting more efficient and productive operations; offering external quality control programs; collaborating with other professional associations and government agencies; promoting safe laboratory practices; and educating legislators, regulators, and the general public about clinical laboratory tests and procedures.
The mission of MLE, a clinical laboratory evaluation program, is to administer a service-oriented laboratory proficiency testing program that provides technical and educational tools necessary to assess, monitor and improve the quality of laboratory testing.
ACP’s Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) proficiency testing began in 1973 as the Proficiency Evaluation Program (PEP), a collaborative effort between the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM), which sponsored the MLE program, and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). When announcing the program, ASIM stated they wanted physicians with office laboratories to have a clinical laboratory evaluation program that assures their patients, personnel and third parties of the quality of test results. The program soon became known as the Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE).
MLE introduced significant changes to the proficiency testing program in 1996. In that program year, MLE directly assumed the responsibilities for specimen procurement, data processing and the production of evaluation reports. Investing in sophisticated computer software increased efficiency in order processing, while state-of-the-art optical scanning technology improved data summarization—expediting the turnaround of accurate and easy-to-understand evaluations.
In the past, the MLE program primarily has provided service to physician office laboratories (POLs). MLE broadened its focus with the 1998 program year, emphasizing a specific mission: “…to administer a service-oriented proficiency testing program that provides the technical and educational tools necessary for participants to assess, monitor and improve the quality of their laboratory testing.” While continuing its commitment to service and education for POLs, MLE also extended its services to small hospital laboratories. MLE has offered more analytes and increased module configurations to accommodate the more extensive testing menus of these laboratories.Additionally, ASIM announced their merger with the American College of Physicians (ACP) as of July 1, 1998. The new organization became known as ACP-ASIM. As a result of the merger, MLE will be able to expand our educational resources and provide our participants with more technical information, emphasizing issues that contribute to accurate patient testing.
In 2003, ACP-ASIM became simply ACP (American College of Physicians). Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) is a program provided by American College of Physicians.