Western Pathology Quality Assurance Association (WPQAA), a not for profit organization of
pathologists and laboratory scientists, originally formed in 1977 under the auspices of the
College of American Pathologists (CAP). An initial focus was developing
a multi-analyte, multilevel quality-control serum pool combined with data reduction for participating laboratories.
For more than 30 years, WPQAA has been using royalty revenues from sales of these quality-control sera to run quality-assurance training
programs for laboratory personnel. In 1997, the CAP ended involvement and Beckman Coulter, supplier of
the QC sera, volunteered to
provide the data and analytical support to WPQAA. In 2009, Beckman
Coulter ceased production of the QC sera. Since that time, WPQAA has
turned to a variety of foundations to fund its mission. Thanks to
Beckman Coulter Foundation grants, we have funded additional scholarship
endowments as described on this site. Presently there are 11 scholarship
endowments at 10 institutions.
In today’s laboratory climate of declining availability of medical technologists, WPQAA believes assisting laboratories to become fully
staffed could achieve improvement in laboratory quality. Consequently, WPQAA is committed to endow medical technologist scholarships to
attract and retain students to the field.