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Princess Al Jawhara Centre Receives “CAP” Accreditation

Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim Centre for Genetics at the Arab Gulf University (AGU) has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for the fifth consecutive time. The centre underwent evaluation by a group of experts in the field of diagnostics and genetics.

CAP is a global organisation specialised in evaluating and accrediting advanced diagnostic and research laboratories. The centre has maintained its accreditation since 2015, owing to its commitment to maintaining a high level of quality and advanced laboratory capabilities. It is the first centre in Bahrain to receive this accreditation, which is one of the most important quality control and safety standards in the world of laboratory diagnostics.

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On this occasion, Dr Saad bin Saud Al Fuhaid, President of AGU, congratulated the team at Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim Centre on this achievement and encouraged them to continue their advanced research in genetic mapping and finding innovative treatments for genetic diseases, while he also highlighted the importance of the centre's advanced genetic tests for hospitals and medical centres in Bahrain and the GCC countries.

For his part, Professor Abdelmoiz Bakhiet, Director of Princess Al Jawhara Centre, stated that the accreditation from CAP confirms the centre's advanced standards in procedures and results, including its specialised laboratories in cellular genetics, molecular genetics, and metabolic disorders.

Prof. Bakhiet further explained that a committee from CAP visited the centre for 9 hours to ensure that it follows all the required policies by CAP and the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA), before announcing its 100% success rate in accreditation.

Ms Dalia Al Amoodi, Quality Coordinator and Head of Laboratory Technicians at Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim Centre stated that the committee confirmed the centre's adherence to its vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

She added: “The committee also reviewed the validity of test results, test methods, and their compliance with international updates, especially encrypted test results sent by CAP."

It is worth noting that Princess Al Jawhara Centre, which is affiliated with AGU, was established with the support of Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and a land grant from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, becoming one of the first specialised molecular medicine centres in the Arab region.

The centre's laboratories conduct genetic analysis, including genetic tests for newborns to detect metabolic disorders, endocrine disorders, blood disorders, and chromosomal disorders that can be detected using chromosomal analysis, including Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, Patau syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome and Turner syndrome, in addition to identifying the causes of many disorders such as cancer, birth defects, fetal growth restriction and recurrent miscarriages.

Molecular genetic testing includes diagnostic tests: If you have symptoms of a disease that may be due to genetic changes, sometimes called pathogenic genes, genetic tests can detect whether you have the suspected disease. For example, genetic tests may be used to confirm a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis or Huntington's disease.

Predictive and pre-symptomatic testing: If your family has a history of genetic disease, undergoing genetic testing before experiencing symptoms of the disease can determine whether you are at risk of developing it. For example, this type of testing may be used to determine your likelihood of developing certain types of colorectal cancer.

Genetic mutation carrier test: If you have a family history of a genetic disease, such as sickle cell anaemia or cystic fibrosis, or if you belong to a high-risk group for a specific genetic disorder, you may choose to undergo genetic testing before having children. Comprehensive testing can detect genetic mutations associated with a wide range of diseases and disorders and can determine whether your partner or spouse can also be a carrier of the same gene.