Anatomical Pathology

The RCPAQAP Anatomical Pathology discipline offers programs in the areas of diagnostic and technical proficiency of histopathology laboratories.

Diagnostic survey cases are selected to demonstrate either classical histological features of a disease process, common disease processes observed in routine pathology laboratories or critical disease processes of educational value to participants.

Technical survey cases are selected on similar criteria of classical, common or critical features to be demonstrated by routine methods in the laboratory.

The diagnostic proficiency programs offer enrolments for laboratories, individual pathologists and trainees. Laboratories requiring participation in a technical external proficiency testing program for Australian accreditation may enrol in the technical and immunohistochemistry programs. Each program has an Advisory Committee which is overseen by a convening pathologist.

The Anatomical Pathology Programs Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

ALK Translocation for non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC)

Proficiency testing for laboratories staining ALK immunohistochemistry. Proficiency testing for laboratories interpreting ALK translocation.

Catalogue Number

13020102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections comprising of composite tissue block to be stained/processed/interpreted for ALK.

Schedule

February

Measurand/Test

ALK IHC, ALK FISH, ALK Molecular

Storage and Handling

Room temperature

Additional Comments

In conjunction with the RCPAQAP Molecular Genetics Discipline, this program consists of the following selectable modules: Immunohistochemistry ALK staining for technical and interpretation proficiency; ALK FISH interpretation proficiency and ALK Molecular techniques interpretation proficiency.


Product details last updated on August 12, 2021

Breast Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting breast pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13040102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

March

Measurand/Test

Breast Histopathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Brightfield ISH (BRISH) Technical Program

Proficiency testing for laboratories performing brightfield in situ hybridisation. Modules can be purchased separately. HER2 for breast and gastric cases will be offered annually. Additional ISH programs will be rotated on an annual basis. In 2022 the additional modules offered are Kappa and Lambda Light Chain in situ hybridisation.

What's new

New modules

Catalogue Number

13250102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections comprising of composite tissue block.

Schedule

May

Measurand/Test

HER2 BRISH Breast, HER2 BRISH Gastric, Kappa Light Chain ISH, Lambda Light Chain ISH

Storage and Handling

Room temperature

Product details last updated on August 3, 2021

Dermatopathology Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting dermatopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13050102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

March

Measurand/Test

Skin Histopathology

Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Electron Microscopy Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting transmission electron microscopy. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13060102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

3 (educational case may be included)

Sample Type

Electron micrographs are available in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

September

Measurand/Test

Transmission Electron Microscopy

Additional Comments

EM diagnostic and technical modules continue to be separate enrolments in 2022


Product details last updated on August 3, 2021

Electron Microscopy Technical

Proficiency testing for laboratories processing transmission electron microscopy specimens.

Catalogue Number

13070102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

2

Sample Type

Lab practice and artefact identification survey. Submission of Electron Micrographs prepared by the laboratory

Schedule

September

Measurand/Test

Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques

Additional Comments

EM diagnostic and technical modules continue to be separate enrolments in 2022


Product details last updated on August 3, 2021

Fluorescence in-situ Hybridisation (FISH) Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories reporting solid tumour fluorescence in-situ hybridisation. A different probe is tested each year (Bcl-6 in 2022).

Catalogue Number

13310101

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections to be stained and interpreted for Bcl-6 FISH probe. Virtual H&E and Bcl-6 immunohistochemistry will also be available to assist with interpretation separately.

Schedule

April

Measurand/Test

Bcl-6, FISH.

Product details last updated on August 3, 2021

Forensic Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting forensic pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13080102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

March

Measurand/Test

Forensic Pathology

Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Gastrointestinal Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gastrointestinal pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13090102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

July

Measurand/Test

Gastrointestinal Histopathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

General Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting routine Anatomical Pathology. Educational resource for trainees.

Catalogue Number

13100102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

3

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

February, May, September

Measurand/Test

General Histopathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Gynaecology Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gynaecological pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories/trainees.

Catalogue Number

13110102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

10

Sample Type

Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

April

Measurand/Test

Gynaecological Pathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

HER2 Brightfield ISH (BRISH) Breast Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for individual pathologists who are involved in the diagnostic interpretation of results for HER2 BRISH testing in breast cancer

Catalogue Number

13320102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

2

Cases/samples per survey

6

Sample Type

Stained sections of H&E, HER2 IHC and HER2 BRISH slides are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Schedule

March, August

Measurand/Test

Single probe or Dual probe HER2 BRISH for breast cancer interpretation

Product details last updated on August 12, 2021