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Evaluating the impact of ISO 15189 on an Irish histopathology laboratoryAccreditation is the acknowledgement that the laboratory has reached and maintains a certain standard of quality. Pre-accreditation, quality standards in hospital laboratories were perceived to exist but were undocumented. The difference post-accreditation is having to prove that this standard of quality actually exists and is maintained. An Irish hospital laboratory is recognised as accredited when an accreditation body such as the Irish National Accreditation Body (INAB) inspects or audits the hospital laboratory and grants it accreditation status.