Cytopathology

Cytopathology is the branch of pathology that deals with the cellular diagnosis of disease. The RCPAQAP Cytopathology discipline offers gynaecological (Conventional, ThinPrep and SurePath) and non-gynaecological (General and Fine Needle Aspiration) diagnostic proficiency testing programs for cytopathologists and cytologists and a technical proficiency testing program for cytology laboratories.

Gynaecological Cytopathology

Proficiency testing for laboratories, cytologists and pathologists reporting cervical cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.
Glass slides are provided requiring return at the end of each survey:
Five conventional cervical smears per survey (GYN)
Five liquid-based cervical smears per survey (THP)
Five liquid-based cervical smears per survey (SUP)

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 5 cases per survey

Tests

Conventional gynaecological, Liquid-based ThinPrep gynaecological, Liquid-based SurePath gynaecological

Non-gynaecological Cytopathology

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting non-gynaecological cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.
Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.
Two non-gynaecological general virtual cases per survey (GEN)
Two non-gynaecological Fine Needle Aspiration virtual cases per survey (FNA)

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 2 cases per survey

Tests

Non-gynaecological General, Non-gynaecological Fine needle Aspiration

Performance Measures (AUS only)

For Australian laboratories only. Collection of data for NPAAC performance measures. These will continue in the current form in 2019. A new set of performance measure values will be developed from data gathered in 2019 to reflect the revised National Cervical Screening Program.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 data collections per year

Tests

Performance Measures

Respiratory Cytopathology

One subspecialty will be showcased each year. In 2019, this subspecialty will be Respiratory and will consist of four cases including both exfoliative and fine needle aspiration biopsy specimens.
Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting thoracic cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.
Stained sections are provided as virtual microscope slide images in the myQAP portal. USBs can be purchased separately.
Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting non-gynaecological cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey in 2019 (will not recur in 2020) / 4 cases per survey

Tests

Non-gynaecological General, Non-gynaecological Fine needle Aspiration, Respiratory

Technical Module

Proficiency testing for laboratories performing general cytopathology preparatory techniques.
Virtual images of stained cytopathology preparations will be provided on the myQAP portal. Participants will be asked to (a) identify the technical issue by multiple choice and (b) describe the processes to rectify the issue by free-text description. A corresponding questionnaire will also be issued.

Frequency / Number of samples

1 survey / 1 exercise per survey

Tests

Cytopreparatory techniques. 2019 testing trouble-shooting techniques.