The Diagnostic Accreditation Program sets accreditation standards for best practices that are evidence based, outcome focused and aligned to the principles of continuous quality improvement. The accreditation standards are comprehensive and address medical, technical, and management aspects of service delivery.
The accreditation standards for Pulmonary Function have been developed though a collaborative, consultative and consensus building process that involved health professionals and organizations, academics and public health authorities. The accreditation standards are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they are relevant, applicable and are reflective of current best practices.
Pulmonary Function Standards were sent to all hospital based services in late 2009. Additional standards addressing oximetry, exercise testing with oximetry and cardiopulmonary exercise testing were released in May 2011. These additional standards will be in effect immediately for any new facilities undergoing an Initial Assessment and will come into effect for all facilities on September 1, 2011.
All new facilities, and new services provided by an accredited facility, must proceed through the Initial Assessment process PRIOR to service delivery and testing of equipment on people.New facilities or services should visit the New Facility page for information on Initial Assessment.
Level 1 and Level 2 Pulmonary Function testing (Spirometry): If the spirometer used exclusively is the COPD-6 Spirometer, as approved by the Medical Services Commission for case finding, DAP accreditation is not required.
2009 Pulmonary Function Accreditation Standards
May 30, 2011 Revised Pulmonary Function Accreditation Standards-(Revisions Only)
Spirometry QC Program