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RACGP Standards for point-of-care testing

RACGP Standards for point-of-care testing

The current regulatory and accreditation requirements for pathology services restrict access to Medicare benefits for point-of-care testing performed in general practices. Through developing Standards for point-of-care testing (5th edition) (the Standards), the RACGP is seeking to provide a fit for purpose accreditation framework for the performance of point-of-care testing in general practices. The Standards aim to improve the quality and safety of point-of-care testing performed by health services. The Standards also provide services with a way of identifying and addressing any gaps they have in their systems and processes.

There are a number of benefits that point-of-care testing may offer including:

  • the ability to make immediate and informed decisions about patient care, improving clinical management
  • greater patient compliance with pathology requests, especially for those patients who are most at risk
  • greater convenience and satisfaction for patients – given speed of diagnosis and treatment decisions
  • more opportunities for patient engagement with the practice team.

To ensure the Standards are meaningful to the profession and other stakeholders, we invited interested individuals and organisations to review the latest draft and provide feedback. The draft RACGP Standards for point-of-care testing consultation phase is now closed.

To be accredited against the Standards for point-of care-testing, a service must first be accredited against the Standards for general practices (5th edition). Accordingly, the service needs to meet the requirements of the following modules:

  • Core
  • Quality Improvement
  • GP
  • Point-of-care testing.

Contact standards@racgp.org.au for further information.

Webinar - Pilot Education Session for Standards for point of care testing (5th edition)