You will require this approval if you are the owner of a pathology laboratory and intend to claim Medicare benefits.
For a pathologists' services to be eligible for a Medicare rebate they must be conducted by an approved pathologist in an approved pathology laboratory. Additionally, the owner of the pathology laboratory must be an approved pathology authority.
An approved pathology authority has effective control of the:
- laboratory premises
- use of equipment in the laboratory
- employment of staff in the laboratory.