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14th May 2024

Mater Private Network Cork Laboratory Gains INAB Accreditation

Location: Cork

Mater Private Network Cork Laboratory recently gained ISO 15189 accreditation from the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) for blood transfusion and haematology.

ISO 15189 is an independent accreditation for laboratories, and it serves as objective verification of the quality of our testing services.

The rigorous assessment process for gaining accreditation examines our technical competence and the integrity of our testing and reporting systems, to ensure we comply with the international ISO 15189 standard. With this accreditation, patients and consultants can have confidence in the quality of our testing services.

Medical Scientists are standing together for a group picture. They are all wearing long white lab coats and are standing beside a machine that is used to analyse patient samples.

INAB accreditation also ensures that our test results are accepted in medical facilities worldwide. In some cases, this may reduce the requirement for additional medical testing if a patient falls ill while outside of Ireland.

Our Cork hospital’s laboratory will implement additional improvements this year, all of which will benefit patients.

Mary Kennedy, Laboratory Manager at Mater Private Network in Cork, said: “This accreditation provides our consultants and patients with objective evidence of the quality of our laboratory testing and reporting. It also demonstrates that our staff are well trained, competent, and put our patients and their care at the heart of everything we do.

“We are continuing to develop and enhance services at our Cork hospital, and later this year we will deliver an in-house, 24/7 blood transfusion service in our laboratory. We are also replacing key equipment and expanding our repertoire of on-site testing. This will support the delivery of  key new hospital services.”