Anatomical Pathology

Anatomical Pathology is the branch of pathology that deals with the tissue diagnosis of disease. The RCPAQAP Anatomical Pathology discipline offers diagnostic proficiency testing programs for histopathologists. Diagnostic modules include the flagship General Diagnostic Module covering a variety of specimen types and a selection of other speciality modules. The diagnostic programs can also be used as an educational resource. The RCPAQAP Anatomical Pathology discipline also offers general and speciality immunohistochemistry and technical proficiency testing programs for histology laboratories.

Breast Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting breast pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Breast Pathology

Dermatopathology Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting dermatopathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Dermatopathology

Electron Microscopy Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting transmission electron microscopy. Electron micrographs on DVD-ROM and available via the website.
*Please note EM diagnostic and technical modules are separate enrolments in 2018

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 3 cases per survey (additional educational case may be included)

Tests

Electron microscopy

Electron Microscopy Technical Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories processing transmission electron microscopy specimens.
Lab practice and artefact identification survey. Submission of Electron Micrographs prepared by the laboratory
*Please note EM diagnostic and technical modules are separate enrolments in 2018

Frequency / Number of samples

I survey per year / 2 exercises per survey

Tests

Electron microscopy

Forensic Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting forensic pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Forensic Pathology

Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gastrointestinal pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Gastrointestinal Pathology

General Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting routine anatomical pathology. Our flagship diagnostic module covers a wide variety of specimen types. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

3 surveys per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

General Anatomical Pathology

Gynaecological Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gynaecological pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Gynaecological Pathology

Haematopathology Diagnostic Module

New for 2018. Two subspecialties will be showcased each year over a 3-4 year period and will be convened by a guest pathologist. In 2018, these subspecialties will be Haematopathology and Thoracic Pathology. Modules suggested for future years include Bone/Soft tissue, Endocrine, Head & Neck, Renal (medical), Liver & Pancreaticobiliary. Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting haematolymphoid pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.
Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey in 2018 only / 5 cases per survey

Tests

Haematopathology

HER2 BRISH Breast Diagnostic Module

Proficiency testing for individual pathologists who are involved in the diagnostic interpretation of results for HER2 BRISH testing in breast cancer.
Stained sections of H&E, HER2 IHC and HER2 BRISH (single or dual probe) slides are provided as virtual microscope slide images on DVD-ROM and available via the website. As this is available as an individual enrolment only, laboratories will be capped for invoicing purposes at 5 enrolments.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys per year / 6 cases per survey

Tests

HER2 BRISH Breast

HER2 BRISH Gastric Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists performing HER2 BRISH testing on gastric cases.
Please note this is a combined technical and diagnostic module.
Unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections comprising of composite tissue block are to be stained by laboratory and then HER2 BRISH interpretation is provided by laboratory/pathologist. Only one set of slides is issued to each enrolled laboratory. If there are multiple pathologists enrolled as individuals, this slide must be rotated to all enrolled pathologists. If a pathologist chooses to enrol as an individual, they must ensure the laboratory is also enrolled to receive the slides.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 6 exercises per survey

Tests

HER2 BRISH Gastric including Immunohistochemistry techniques

Immunohistochemistry and Technical Neuropathology Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories processing neuropathology specimens. This is a combined module where unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections are provided for immunohistochemical and special staining.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 2 exercises per survey

Tests

Immunohistochemistry and special stains techniques. 2018 testing includes IDH-1 – R132H (alternate EMA) and Amyloid