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.

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

Formally part of the RCPAQAP Molecular Genetics Discipline, the ‘ALK Translocation for NSCLC’ program has been combined with the RCPAQAP Anatomical Pathology ‘Immunohistochemistry for Lung Markers’ program. This program now consists of the following selectable modules: Immunohistochemistry ALK staining for technical and interpretation proficiency; ALK FISH interpretation proficiency and ALK Molecular techniques interpretation proficiency, Participants select the module/s appropriat


Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

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

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 2021


Product details last updated on August 19, 2020

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 2021


Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Fluorescence in-situ Hybridisation (FISH) Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories reporting fluorescence in-situ hybridisation. A different probe to be tested each year (MYC in 2021).

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 MYC FISH probe. Virtual H&E and MYC immunohistochemistry will also be available to assist with interpretation.separately.

Schedule

April

Measurand/Test

MYC, FISH

Additional Comments

This program is under development and currently not covered under the scope of accreditation by NATA.


Product details last updated on September 23, 2020

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

Haematopathology Diagnostic

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

Catalogue Number

13290102

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

June

Measurand/Test

Haematopathology Histopathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Head and Neck Diagnostic

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting head and neck pathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.

Catalogue Number

13300102

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

June

Measurand/Test

Head and Neck Histopathology

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020