Reminder: AABB Will Resume Unannounced Accreditation Assessments May 12

March 29, 2023

Based on current COVID-19 trends and the January 2023 Administrative Policy Statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration to expire at the end of the day on May 11.

To adhere to this HHS plan, AABB will resume unannounced assessments on May 12, 2023, and implement the processes and procedures that were in place prior to the PHE. Assessors should not contact facilities to schedule assessment dates on or after May 12.

AABB will resume the following assessment date notifications:

  • AABB will notify all accredited domestic facilities the Friday of the week prior to the scheduled assessment date unless the facility is accredited by both the Joint Commission and College of American Pathologists (CAP).
  • AABB will notify accredited facilities with both the Joint Commission and CAP accreditation one hour prior to the assessment.
  • Assessments for initial (new) AABB accreditation and international facilities (including Canada) will remain announced.

This return to unannounced assessments allows AABB to comply with U.S. federal regulations pertaining to deemed providers of laboratory assessment and accreditation services.

AABB encourages individuals with questions or concerns to contact AABB’s Accreditation Department at 1.301.215.6492 or