Promoting excellence for over 30 years

30th Anniversary Quality Symposium

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Programs (RCPAQAP) is celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year. As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are holding a number of Quality Symposiums discussing current issues in pathology and showcasing the future of diagnostic laboratory testing.

To find out all you need to know and to reserve your place, click the city below.

What makes us unique?

We offer a comprehensive range of external quality assurance (EQA) for all disciplines of pathology including Molecular Genetics, Biosecurity and Point-of-Care. Our programs are offered in Australia and internationally in over 60 countries. RCPAQAP is committed to provide an efficient and customer-focused service to participants.

World Class

Petri dish

RCPAQAP’s goal is to continue as the world leader in external quality assurance (EQA) in pathology, delivering superior EQA programs to advance outcomes in patient care, and promote excellence in laboratory output.

Global influence

World map

RCPAQAP has a global reach. From modest beginnings with a focus on the Australian market, we’ve expanded into an international organisation, with nearly half of all our clients from countries outside our own. We have international agents throughout the world and participants in over 60 countries.

The highest standards


At RCPAQAP, our overall accreditation is ISO 9001:2015-Quality Management Systems. Each of our programs is individually accredited by NATA and complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043:2010– Conformity assessment-general requirements for proficiency testing.

The QAP Facility


Based in Sydney’s St Leonards, is a new purpose-built office and laboratory. The creation of the centre has allowed us to centralise our services, bringing together our programs and operations in one place.


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RCPAQAP is an Australian not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. The RCPAQAP operates as an independent self-sustaining organisation and is expected to demonstrate a high level of customer service. Any funds that are surplus to business needs are donated or paid as dividends to the College to further its educational and research aims.

A philosophy of partnership

Shaking hands

At RCPAQAP, our philosophy is to develop partnerships and support our participants. We’re passionate about continuing and enhancing education for our profession. That’s why a large percentage of our profits go to research, development and the delivery of new programs, and education support for pathologists.