The laboratory at HLA La Vega Hospital accredits its quality and technical competence

The Analiza laboratory at HLA La Vega Hospital in Murcia has received accreditation in accordance with standard UNE-EN ISO 15189, which is essential when it comes to ensuring that clinical decisions are made on the basis of reliable results, minimising risks to patient safety, and increasing diagnostic quality.

In the 2021 financial year, more than 1,790,000 analytical assessments were carried out at HLA La Vega’s laboratory. These tests are conducted in compliance with the highest quality standards, as the UNE-EN ISO 15189 certification recently received by the laboratory demonstrates.


ISO quality standards are awarded by an external body that determines whether the working methods comply with a series of requirements, and ensures the activity is conducted in accordance with quality standards. More specifically, accreditation under UNE-EN ISO 15189 is the internationally recognised tool that allows diagnostic services to demonstrate their quality. It certifies that the laboratory has a quality management system that guarantees its technical competence.


Analiza at HLA La Vega has obtained UNE-ISO 15189 accreditation with a wide range of tests for general biochemistry, hormones and tumour markers. This standard has assessed competency both at management and technical levels, in the pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases.

The accreditation process requires a thorough review of all the laboratory’s protocols, from sample collection to issuing results, ensuring the suitability of the processes and, therefore, the analytical quality of the results obtained. It allows strengths, but also weaknesses, to be discovered, thus revealing areas that can be improved until excellence is achieved.



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This accreditation guarantees the highest levels of quality and trustworthiness

Achieving this accreditation involves staff being fully dedicated, and requires the system to be kept up to date and reviewed on a daily basis. This accreditation fully assures healthcare professionals that the results have been obtained in a laboratory with competent staff who use technically validated and controlled methods and procedures, with appropriate equipment and facilities.


Dr Pedro Mateo, medical director at HLA La Vega, says, ‘This is yet another example of our commitment to ensuring the best quality care, which was the foundation of the union between the HLA Group and Analiza, two national leaders in the health sector. The proper functioning of our laboratory is of fundamental importance to us, and Analiza is one of the most comprehensive diagnostic test providers in the sector, with a stable and efficient management project that meets the needs of our hospital and our patients.’


The laboratory also offers advice regarding choosing tests and/or interpreting the results. Technical Director Luisa M Toribio Gamiz says that this is recognition of the intense work that is done every day, and the high levels of dedication and competence among professionals.


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