The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1971 which offers members the benefits of representation, education, information and research. Its primary purpose is to:
- Advocate laws and regulations that recognize the essential role that laboratory services play in delivering cost-effective health care;
- Encourage the highest standards of quality, service and ethical conduct among its members; and
- Promote public awareness about the value of laboratory services in preventing illness, diagnosing disease, and monitoring medical treatment.
Our member companies participate directly with ACLA by designating individuals to represent them on a number of advisory committees designed to deal with a variety of issues of ongoing importance to the clinical laboratories.
Principles of Conduct
The following principles of conduct guide ACLA member companies' dealings with patients, payors and the medical community. Each ACLA member company pledges to:
Improve public health, well-being and safety by providing the highest quality laboratory testing services to:
- Aid in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease;
- Promote the maintenance of good health; and
- Enable patients to receive the highest level of care.
- Protect patient welfare and confidentiality by reporting test results only to those authorized by law to receive such results.
- Safeguard public health, occupational safety, and the environment.
- Conduct business practices in a fair and ethical manner.
- Comply with federal, state and local regulations which govern the laboratory industry and its employees.