Cytopathology

The RCPAQAP Cytopathology discipline offers external quality assurance programs that encompass both gynaecological and non-gynaecological Cytopathology practice. Laboratories may enrol in any or all of the programs.

Gynaecological programs consist of glass slide surveys of conventional or liquid based cervical smears representing a wide range of diagnoses. Diagnoses may include normal findings, pathogens and neoplasia, both squamous and glandular. All high-grade abnormalities are histologically confirmed. Participants have the option of enrolling in any or all of the conventional, ThinPrep and SurePath gynaecological programs.

Non-Gynaecological programs consist of virtual images provided via Sectra hyperlinks and optional USB devices if purchased. Both the General and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytopathology programs consist of specimens from a range of body sites. All cases have appropriate clinical and histological follow-up. When appropriate, cases consist of two preparations stained by Papanicolaou and Romanowsky methods. Immunohistochemistry images may also be included.

Technical exercises are selected to assess common or critical features demonstrated by routine methods in the laboratory. Questionnaires on laboratory practice may also be issued.

Performance Measures – for Australian laboratories only provide an inter-laboratory comparison over a set of measures based on key quantitative data. Retrospective data is collected twice per year covering reporting profiles, such as the proportion of smears reported as unsatisfactory and abnormal, and the results of slide reviews and histological follow-up. An annual report (issued in two parts) summarises individual laboratory data in comparison with the group (national) data and recommended standards.

Gynaecological Conventional

Proficiency testing for laboratories, cytologists and pathologists reporting cervical cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees. Conventional cervical smears (GYN)

Catalogue Number

16010106

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

5

Sample Type

Glass slides are provided requiring return at the end of each survey

Schedule

February, May, July, September

Product details last updated on August 19, 2020

Gynaecological Liquid based SurePath

Proficiency testing for laboratories, cytologists and pathologists reporting cervical cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees. SurePath liquid based cervical smears.

Catalogue Number

16020106

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

5

Sample Type

Glass slides are provided requiring return at the end of each survey

Schedule

February, May, July, September

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Gynaecological Liquid based ThinPrep

Proficiency testing for laboratories, cytologists and pathologists reporting cervical cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees. ThinPrep liquid based cervical smears.

Catalogue Number

16030106

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

4

Cases/samples per survey

5

Sample Type

Glass slides are provided requiring return at the end of each survey

Schedule

February, May, July, September

Product details last updated on August 20, 2020

Non-gynaecological Fine Needle Aspiration

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting fine needle aspiration biopsy non-gynaecological cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.

Catalogue Number

16040102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

2

Cases/samples per survey

4

Sample Type

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

Schedule

May, September

Product details last updated on August 19, 2020

Non-gynaecological General

Proficiency testing for laboratories and pathologists reporting general exfoliative non-gynaecological cytopathology. Educational resource for other laboratories and trainees.

Catalogue Number

16050102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

2

Cases/samples per survey

4

Sample Type

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

Schedule

February, July

Product details last updated on August 19, 2020

Non-gynaecological Specialty

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

Catalogue Number

16060102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

4

Sample Type

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

Schedule

July

Additional Comments

One specialty module will be showcased each year. In 2021, this specialty will consist of four breast cases.


Product details last updated on September 8, 2020

Performance Measures

For Australian laboratories only. Collection of National Cervical Screening Program data as per NPAAC requirements.

Catalogue Number

16070102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

2

Schedule

February, October

Product details last updated on July 31, 2020

Technical

Proficiency testing for laboratories performing general cytopathology processes. In 2021, the Technical Program will consist of a Urine processing exercise. A corresponding questionnaire will also be issued.

Catalogue Number

16080102

Frequency (No of surveys/year)

1

Cases/samples per survey

1

Sample Type

Blood-stained urine.

Schedule

February

Storage and Handling

Refrigerate on arrival

Product details last updated on August 19, 2020