JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An accrediting organization says a laboratory that works with a Missouri abortion clinic voluntarily dropped its accreditation.

While the Missouri health department in a Friday statement said the lab provisionally lost accreditation with the College of American Pathologists on May 7, a spokeswoman for the accrediting association said that's incorrect.

Spokeswoman Catherine Dolf says Boyce and Bynum Professional Services dropped its accreditation in January and then fell under direct jurisdiction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The Missouri health department says the lab works with a St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic.

Dolf said the lab is currently applying for accreditation through the group again and notified the association that an earlier inspection found the lab out of compliance with federal regulations, but that the facility has since come back into compliance.

Boyce and Bynum did not immediately reply to a request for comment Friday, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid did not immediately comment.

Copyright 2019 Associated Press

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