Functional Biosciences, a Madison-based biotechnology company, has been awarded its CLIA Certification of Compliance from the Wisconsin Department of Health.

Achieving CLIA compliance was no easy task, according to Kym Larson, laboratory director for Functional Biosciences.

“It’s actually a very long process,” she said. “There’s a long laundry list of requirements to even apply for certification. It’s a long road, not a six-month or a one-year process.”

She says it took the company three years to pull together the necessary parts — outlining processes, putting quality assurance in place, training staff and finding skilled personnel.

CLIA — or Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments — regulate labs, requiring them to be certified by the state as well as Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read the full story here.