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he Shady Grove Fertility state-of-the-art embryology, andrology, and endocrine laboratories have reached national and international distinction for offering highly sophisticated laboratory procedures.


Our three embryology laboratories in Rockville, MD, Chesterbrook, PA, and Towson, MD, are equipped with the very latest technology and are accredited by the Joint Commission (Rockville) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) (Chesterbrook, PA, and Towson, MD). They are operated under the leadership of Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., who holds the distinguished High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) certification. This certification ensures his clinical laboratory training, experience, and depth of knowledge, along with continuing education, ensure the SGF labs incorporate the very latest technology. Shady Grove Fertility’s Andrology Center is also accredited by the Joint Commission.

Our embryology labs are also accredited by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), an organization whose mission it is to establish and maintain standards for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to ensure patients receive the highest possible level of care. SART clinics meet the highest standards for quality, safety, and patient care. Shady Grove Fertility reports their birth outcome data to SART on an annual basis.

In addition, the Shady Grove Fertility endocrinology laboratories are CLIA and CAP accredited. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, sets standards designed to improve quality in all laboratory testing and includes specifications for quality control, quality assurance, patient test management, and personnel and proficiency testing. Centers who have earned this distinction offer high quality and reliable laboratory results.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation ensures our endocrinology labs not only meet federal regulations for quality but exceed them. Participation in the CAP Lab Accreditation Program demonstrates to our patients, referring physicians, as well as insurance providers that our labs adhere to the highest quality and monitoring testing standards.

Because accurate and reliable lab results can significantly impact patient outcomes, Shady Grove Fertility invests tremendous resources to ensure we maintain these accreditations.

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