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

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting breast pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Breast Pathology

Dermatopathology Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting dermatopathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Dermatopathology

Electron Microscopy Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting transmission electron microscopy. Electron micrographs are provided as virtual microscope images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately

Frequency / Number of samples

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

Tests

Electron microscopy

Electron Microscopy Technical

Proficiency testing for laboratories processing transmission electron microscopy specimens. Electron Micrographs prepared by the laboratory are submitted for assessment. The second exercise consists of either a lab practice questionnaire or artefact identification exercise.

Frequency / Number of samples

I survey per year / 2 exercises per survey

Tests

Electron microscopy

Forensic Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting forensic pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Forensic Pathology

Gastrointestinal Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gastrointestinal pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Gastrointestinal Pathology

General Diagnostic

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 in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

3 surveys per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

General Anatomical Pathology

Gynaecological Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting gynaecological pathology. Educational resource for trainees. Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 10 cases per survey

Tests

Gynaecological Pathology

HER2 BRISH Breast Diagnostic

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

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

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. 2019 testing includes GFAP and Retic.

Immunohistochemistry Breast Markers

Proficiency testing for laboratories processing immunohistochemistry. A variety of breast markers are assessed.
Unstained formalin fixed paraffin sections comprising of 6 breast cancer cases in a composite tissue block to be stained for ER, PR, HER2 and HER2 BRISH and 2 additional antibodies.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey per year / 6 exercises per survey

Tests

Breast Immunohistochemistry. 2019 tests include ER, PR, HER2, HER2 BRISH plus mammaglobin and smooth muscle myosin.