Competency is the ability of personnel to apply their skill, knowledge, and experience to perform their laboratory duties correctly. Competency assessment is used to ensure that the laboratory personnel are fulfilling their duties as required by federal regulation.
Documented competency assessment is required for individuals fulfilling the following personnel responsibilities outlined in Subpart M of the CLIA regulations: clinical consultant (CC), technical consultant (TC), technical supervisor (TS), general supervisor (GS) and testing personnel (TP). Clinical consultants, technical consultants, technical supervisors, and general supervisors who perform testing on patient specimens are required to have the six required procedures in their competency assessment in addition to a competency assessment based on their federal regulatory responsibilities in USA.
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