What does this mean to you? A little background … the embryology lab is where sperm and egg are fertilized, and embryos are nurtured until they are ready to be transferred back into a patient’s uterus for implantation and pregnancy. Who oversees the lab and works with the embryos is important as you consider your IVF program.
For an IVF lab, you want to see CAP certification, which comes from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists. CAP is widely considered the leader in quality assurance and accreditation. The CAP inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standards of excellence in all areas of the lab. CAP inspectors examine records and quality control indicators, including staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs and records, and overall lab management.
If you would like to know more about the Michigan Center for Fertility & Women’s Health CAP embryology and andrology laboratory directed by Michael Kirk, MT, ELD/TS, please visit the “Team” tab on our website.