Policy Clarification on Acceptable Control Materials Used when Quality Control (QC) is Performed in Laboratories
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing clarification regarding the policy on acceptable control materials,
• Acceptable control materials: Acceptable control materials will now include on-board controls, i.e. ampules or cartridges
containing the same QC material that would traditionally be considered as external QC.
• Function checks and procedural controls: Instrument/electronic function checks and procedural controls do not fulfill the
regulatory requirement for control materials.
• Guidance for surveyors: The laboratory Director is responsible for the determination of what control materials to use in
his/her laboratory. Surveyors will ensure that the laboratory is following its own established policies, specifically its
QC procedures, in the context of the Outcome Oriented Survey Process.