The ICAVL is dedicated to promoting high quality, noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation. Committed to balancing the changing needs of both the vascular community and the general public, the ICAVL was created in 1990 by uniting physicians, technologists and sonographers from ten sponsoring organizations. Collaborating together, those physicians, technologists and sonographers composed the body of work known as The Standards, an extensive document defining the minimal requirements for vascular laboratories to provide high-quality care. Laboratories use these standards as both a guideline and the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care goals.
The ICAVL, in its second decade offering accreditation, has accredited more than 1600 vascular laboratories, and Medicare reimbursement for vascular laboratories in a majority of states hinges on either laboratory accreditation or technologist certification.